Adeeb Khalid, Carleton College
“The Making of Uzbekistan: Re-Rethinking Soviet Nationalities Policies”
Standard accounts of Soviet nationalities have been upturned in the last two decades. From the Cold War-era notion of the Soviets as enemies of nations, we have come to see them as makers of nations. In his examination of the making of Uzbekistan in 1924, Adeeb Khalid questions some of the premises of the new historiography. Uzbekistan was not simply a product of Soviet policies but the (perhaps surprising) realization in Soviet conditions of a project of the prerevolutionary Central Asian Muslim intelligentsia. Understanding the origins of the Uzbek national project, Khalid argues, also involves the enormous transformation in the worldview of the Muslim intelligentsia, a transformation was a veritable cultural revolution.
Adeeb Khalid is Jane and Raphael Bernstein Professor of Asian Studies & History, Carleton College. He is the author of The Politics of Muslim Cultural Reform: Jadidism in Central Asia. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998; Islam after Communism: Religion and Politics in Central Asia. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007 (won Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize, AAASS, 2008; was translated into Russian and Turkish); and Making Uzbekistan: Nation, Empire, and Revolution in the Early USSR. Cornell University Press, 2015 (Reginald Zelnik Book Prize in History, ASEEES, 2016; Honorable Mention, Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies, Association for the Study of Nationalities, 2016). He also published multiple articles and chapters on the history of Central Asia, Muslim modernism, postcolonial nation building, and imperial and colonial formations. Professor Khalid is on the editorial boards of such journals as Slavic Review, Central Asian Survey, Central Eurasian Reader and Cahiers d’Asie centrale.
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