Kurbon Alamshoev travelled a long distance from the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast to Dushanbe, a fifteen-hour car ride, all to see a book. “I was very excited to read news about the University of Central Asia’s book launch, and to see in the listed books, a new edition of Tajiks of Huf Valley by a famous orientalist Mikhail Andreev. This book has long been regarded as a library rarity, and many of us feared it might soon disappear altogether,” said Alamshoev. “As a journalist and researcher, who has been studying Andreev's archives for years, I can appreciate the immense amount of work it took to republish this book. It demonstrates a great commitment by UCA in the restoration of valuable ethnographic materials.”
On 29 February 2020, the University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit (CHHU) held a book launch, presenting three new releases in its Cultural Heritage Book Series. It was held at the Ismaili Centre in Dushanbe (Tajikistan), and gathered over 200 attendees from the academic community, international organisations, as well as state officials.
In addition to the Tajiks of Huf Valley book by a famous orientalist, Mikhail Andreev, the event introduced two more books including Andrei Evlampievich Madji: Half a Century of Scientific Research in Central Asia written by Victor Dubovitskii, and Architectural Odyssey: ‘Safarnama’ of Nasir Khusraw, written by Munavar Mamadnazarov.
Dr. Krawchenko also noted that last year, CHHU launched a series of Research Papers with the intent of turning it into a full scientific magazine, which can be used by regional scholars as a platform to access a larger audience. The research papers are available for free download from UCA’s website: https://ucentralasia.org/Research/ResearchPapers/EN.
According to Dr. Elmira Kuchumkulova, Head of UCA’s CHHU, the Cultural Heritage Books Series is aimed at contributing to the preservation and popularisation of the rich and diverse history and culture of people in Central Asia. Over the past 12 years, a total of 20 books have been developed and published by UCA, presenting research results on architectural and archeological monuments, traditions, music, and the spoken art of people in Pamir and Tien-Shan.
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This article was originally published on the University of Central Asia’s website.