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Afghanistan and Central Asia Research Information

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Journal Articles

"Afghanistan's Kirghiz in Turkey," Cultural Survival Quarterly, Vol. 8, No. 1, (Spring 1984), pp. 31-34. PDF

"Afghanistan's Presidential Elections: Spreading Democracy or a Sham?" Middle East Research and Information Project, (October 8, 2004). URL | PDF

"Central Asia and the Challenge of the Soviet Legacy," Central Asia Survey, 12(2), (1993), pp. 123-135. PDF

"'From Tribe to Umma': Comments on the Dynamics of Identity in Muslim Soviet Central Asia," Central Asian Survey, 3:3, (1984), pp. 27-38. PDF

"Kirghiz Pastoral Nomads of the Afghan Pamirs: An Ecological and Ethnographic Overview," Ph.D. dissertation submitted to the University of Washington, Folk, Vol. 18 (Copenhagen, 1976). PDF

"Not 'Who?' but 'How?': Governing Afghanistan after the conflict," Federations, (October 2001). PDF | PDF (French)

"Reclaiming Islam in Uzbekistan: Soviet Legacies and Post-Soviet Realities," Journal of Turkic Civilization Studies, No. 2 (2006), pp. 77-103. PDF

"Resisting the Taliban and Talibanism in Afghanistan: Legacies of a Century of Internal Colonialism and Cold War Politics in a Buffer State," Perceptions: Journal Of International Affairs, Vol. 4, (Ankara: Center for Strategic Research, 2000), pp. 121-140. PDF

"Squandering U.S. Credibility in Afghanistan," Journal of Academic Studies, 7:25, (2005), pp.103-107. PDF

"The Kirghiz Khans: Styles and Substance of Traditional Local Leadership in Central Asia," Central Asian Survey, Vol. 5, No. 3/4, (1986), pp. 255-271. PDF

"The Lessons and Uses of History," Central Asia Monitor, No. 1, (1993), pp. 24-27. PDF

"War, Factionalism, and the State in Afghanistan," American Antrhopologist, Vol. 104, No. 3, (September 2002), pp. 715-722. PDF

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M. Nazif Shahrani is a Professor of Anthropology and Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington.

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