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CONF./CFP- Early Modern and Colonial Central Asia in Arabic-Script Documents, Halle/Saale, Germany, June 2009

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CONF./CFP- Early Modern and Colonial Central Asia, Halle/Saale, June 2009

Posted by: Paolo Sartori <paolo.sartori@orientphil.uni-halle.de>

Call For Papers

Early Modern and Colonial Central Asia in Arabic-Script Documents
(17th-Early 20th Centuries), Halle/Saale, Germany, June 2009

The Centre of Oriental Studies of the Martin-Luther University is
organizing an international workshop on "Early modern and colonial
Central Asia in Arabic-script documents (17th-early 20th centuries)",
which is scheduled to take place in Halle/Saale, Germany, in June 2009.
At present, we are looking for scholars who would be interested in

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers in order to
explore the social, economic, and legal history of Central Asia (here
defined as the area including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan,
Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan), taking documents written in the Arabic,
Persian and Turkic languages as the main point of reference.

We are especially, but not exclusively, interested in the following themes:

1) How were land-holding and property rights defined in pre-colonial
Central Asia? How did they change under Tsarist rule?

2) Which were the fiscal policies of the Central Asian principalities
(khanates and emirates)?

3) How the Central Asian principalities established and maintained their
hold over nomadic and tribal groups? Which state appointments were
bestowed upon members of nomadic and tribal groups?

4) What was the role of descent groups in pre-colonial Central Asian
communities? What was their relationship with the state and what did
their status imply in economic and legal terms? Did these features
change with the establishment of colonial power?

The workshop will be open to the public. The workshop language will be
English and Russian.

Scholars who are interested in participating at our workshop are
requested to send the title of their presentation, along with an
abstract of up to 500 words, their CV and publication list to Paolo
Sartori at paolo.sartori@orientphil.uni-halle.de. Funding of
participation is subject to the success of our application for a
workshop grant. The deadline for the submission of proposals is
October 20, 2008.

Dr. Paolo Sartori
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
Seminar für Arabistik und Islamwissenschaft
Orientalisches Institut der
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Mühlweg 15
06114 Halle (Saale)
Tel: ++ 49 (0) 345 / 552 40 82
E-Mail: paolo.sartori@orientphil.uni-halle.de

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