In this comprehensive and up to date history, from prehistoric proto-Indo-Iranian times to the post-Soviet period, Richard Foltz traces the complex linguistic, cultural and political history of the Tajiks, a Persian-speaking Iranian ethnic group from the modern-day Central Asian states of Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan. In eight chapters, the author explores the revitalisation of Persian culture under the Samanid Empire in the Tajik heartlands of historical Khorasan and Transoxiana; analyses the evolution of the politics of Tajik identity; and traces the history of the ethnic Tajik diaspora today.
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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27 June 2019
Preface Acknowledgments Historical Timeline List of Illustrations A Note on Transliteration Introduction: Who are the Tajiks? Chapter One: The Prehistory of Central Asia Chapter Two: Sogdians and Bactrians Chapter Three: The Samanid Empire and the New Persian Renaissance Chapter Four: Tajiks and Turks Chapter Five: The Soviet Period Chapter Six: The Republic of Tajikistan Chapter Seven: Tajiks Beyond the Borders: Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, China, and the Diaspora Excursus: Afghanistan at a Stone's Throw Bibliography Index
Richard Foltz is Professor of Religions and Cultures at Concordia University, Canada. He is the author of a number of titles on Iranian and Central Asian history, culture and religion including Iran in World History, Religions of Iran and Religions of the Silk Road.
Reviews for A History of the Tajiks: Iranians of the East
`This engagingly written, excellent new history of the Tajik people is an outstanding achievement'. * Rustam Shukurov, Professor of History, Moscow State University, Russia *