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Over the 23 years of its existence, the Institute has issued more than 60 scientific publications that have become the result of the scientific and research activities of the Institute. In addition, IICAS has been publishing the journal IICAS for more than 10 years. The journal is published twice a year in Russian and English, and is on the list of the Higher Attestation Commission of Uzbekistan. All publications of the Institute are distributed free of charge and are available to everyone. IICAS, independently or in cooperation with UNESCO, organizes international scientific conferences in which dozens of leading scientists from Central Asia and the world have already taken part. Many of the IICAS publications are bilingual and are prepared in English and Russian.

English, Русский

MUHAMMAD RIZA MIRAB AGAHI ZUBDAT AL-TAVARIKH

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The Zubdat al-tavārīkh (Cream of Chronicles) was written by the court historian and well-known Khwarazmian poet Muḥammad Riżā Āgahī (1809–1874). Why is it remarkable? Every editor of a manuscript of this type must assess the importance of the source to be published, especially when other works were written by the same author and are of value to the scholarly community. Although the chronicles of Āgahī were first mentioned in an article by the well-known Russian Orientalist A. L. Kun (1840–1888) published almost a century and a half ago, the Zubdat al-tavārīkh did not attract any serious scholarly attention, aside from brief references in scholarly and popular literature. This was because of its inaccessibility in edited and printed versions. V. V. Barthold, P. P. Ivanov, Yu. E. Bregel, Q. M. Munirav and N. I. Tashev were among the scholars who used and consulted the Zubdat al-tavārīkh in their works on the history of Khwarazm, particularly the Qonghrat Dynasty (1804–1920). However, the original source remained unpublished and it was not studied in detail. Perhaps the lack of attention to the Zubdat al-tavārīkh can be explained by the fact that many researchers do not have the skills to work with Central Asian Turkic (or Chaghatay), particularly in the lofty style in which the Zubdat al-tavārīkh was written. Secondly, the Zubdat al-tavārīkh covers a short historical period (1842–1846) in the history of Khwarazm which includes few episodes, mostly military campaigns. Even though researchers believed that the Zubdat al-tavārīkh did not differ from other historical works of Āgahī in its genre and style, it was written in imitation of the best examples of the so-called ‘florid style’ with a very complicated form and syntax

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English, Русский

SAFEGUARDING THE CREATIVE VALUE OF INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE IN CENTRAL ASIA, FOCUSING ON ORAL TRADITIONS AND EPICS

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The Silk Road, which acted as a conduit between civilizations in the past, is once again coming under the spotlight within UNESCO as well as the international community as a practical means to resolve the clash of civilizations and to advance the rapprochement of cultures. Along with this development, anticipation for the role of Central Asian countries as a collective platform for intercultural communication is higher than ever. The nomadic culture of the Central Asian steppes was cosmopolitan as it accepted influences from Manichaeism, Islam, and Buddhism on top of indigenous shamanistic or animistic traditions. Such cultural wisdom and experience should be applied to great efficacy in the resolution of conflicts between civilizations in the world today. Since the adoption of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2003 and the subsequent establishment of ICHCAP in Korea, we have worked to construct a cooperative network with Central Asian nations to safeguard intangible cultural heritage in the region. 

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A History of the Khorezmian State under the Anushteginids

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During the 1930s and 1940s, in the period immediately before and after World War II, an archeological expedition under the leadership of S.P. Tolstov revealed to the world the existence of a previously unfamiliar ancient Central Asian civilization on the eastern coast of the Caspian Sea. This was the civilization of ancient Khorezm, which we find mentioned in the works of such ancient and medieval Greek and Muslim authors as Herodotus, Strabo, Al-Biruni, Maqdisi, Al-Istakhri, Yaqut al-Khamawi; S.P.Tolstov himself called it “the Egypt of Central Asia”. * The Khorezm expedition was one of the most extensive and well-equipped archeological undertakings of its time, and its findings became known all over the world. In the years which followed, the history of Khorezm became a leading focus of research in the field of oriental studies in the former USSR. 

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Русский

Archaeology and history Central Asia in the works of French scientists

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It is believed that the problems of absolute chronology are almost solved, at least for historical periods. It is assumed that written sources, such as inscriptions and coins, found in almost all the settlements of these epochs, provide sufficient information for correct Dating of archaeological layers. In fact, everything is much more complicated, because, most often, scientists are trying to get exact dates.As far as Central Asia is concerned, the texts are not very numerous and usually concise, the science of paleography is inaccurate, and coin finds are also infrequent. And more than that, coinsthey are very rarely associated with the exact location, and in this case they only give terminusantequem non, their attribution with any ruler remains the subject of controversy, and our absolute Dating fluctuates. Chronological definitions are mostly relative and based on the dates of previous or subsequent levels, which, in turn, they are not very accurately dated. Only some of them, in very rare cases when information comes from outside, for example, import or imitations of it are detected, allow us to determine the dates more reliably.

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ARCHEOLOGY, HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE OF MEDIEVAL USTRUSHANA

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An unusual surge of interest in the native history in Central Asian republics, after they gained independence, is quite appropriate. People not only want to know general history and its separate facts but also to have a real comprehension of its underlying processes, that mighty layer or fundament laid by our ancestors and their great representatives, from which modern culture of a certain nation took its origin. This needs a thorough study and comprehension of the history of each settlement, town, or historical-cultural region. It is no coincidence that great importance is currently attached to the study of heritage and separate scientists, figures of science and culture, spirituality and education, and history of separate settlements. The territory of ancient and medieval Ustrushana is exactly a region requiring great attention. Ustrushana - one of Central Asian countries - was for a long time paid inadequately little attention compared with its “eminent” neighbors: it bordered Sogd in the west, Chach in the north, and Fergana in the east. From the southern part its estates were lost in hardly accessible mountains, of which even ancient and medieval sources were poorly aware. Though it was located at a crossing of most important trans-continental trade ways where the very Ustrushana settlements played an important role, it was attached the significance of a “transit” country of no particular interest for a researcher. In this respect, there is a typical thesis of V. V. Bartold that “the urban life in Ustrushana was poorly developed” (Bartold, 1963, p. 224)

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