Books published within the last 12 months

  • The Archaeology and Art of Central Asia / Studies from the Former Soviet Union
    from the Asia Institute [arts] [archaeology]
    Collection of essays edited by B. A. Litvinski and C. A. Bromberg
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  • Did Marco Polo Go To China?
    by Frances Wood [history]
    An investigation into the background and veracity of Il Milione.

  • Felsbildstation Shatial, Die
    by G. Fussman and D. Koenig with contributions by O. von Hinueber, T.O. Hoellmann, K. Jettmar and N. Sims-Williams in collaboration with M. Bemmann. [arts]
    The petroglyph art of Shatial, which lies 60 kilometers west of Chilas in the upper Indus valley of Pakistan including more than 550 Sogdian and over 400 Brahmi inscriptions.
  • Heritage of Central Asia from Antiquity to the Turkish Expansion, The
    by Richard Nelson Frye [history]
    Introductory investigation into history and research problems in ancient and medieval Central Asia.

  • History of Civilizations of Central Asia / The crossroads of civilizations: A.D. 250 to 750
    by UNESCO [history]
    Essay collection edited by Sandra Olsen.

  • Horses Through Time
    by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History [archaeology]
    Essays on the interplay between humans and horses going back to paleontological times.

  • Hundred Thousand Fools of God, The: Musical Travels in Central Asia (and Queens, New York)
    by Theodore Levin [arts]
    Ethnomusicology and anthropology in Islamic and Jewish centers of Central Asia including Tashkent, Bukhara, Khorezm, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan (with accompanying CD).
    [Review by BookZen]

  • The Kyrgyz and Their Reed Screens
    by John L. Sommer [arts]
    History and development of Kyrgyz reed screens.
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  • Petroglyphs of Central Asia
    by Vladimir D. Kubarev and Esther Jacobson [arts]
    One of the most important sites in the Altay Mountains of South Siberia with approximately 2000 rock images, 20 pages of commentary, 13 photographic plates, 45 pages of catalogue and 210 plates of original drawings.

  • Samarkand : a novel
    by Amin Maalouf [fiction]
    Historical novel centered around the life of philosopher Omar Khayyam and events in Persia around the turn of the century.

  • Xuanzang : a Buddhist pilgrim on the Silk Road
    by Sally Hovey Wriggins [arts] [history]
    History and arts on the China-India route.

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