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Ferghana.Ru Science Club presents: Vladimir Nalivkin. Natives, Before And Now

12.01.2007 14:25 msk

Ferghana.Ru news agency


A truly unique essay by Vladimir Petrovich Nalivkin, a prominent Russian scientist and authority on the life of Central Asian peoples in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is the centerpiece of "Moslem Central Asia. Traditionalism and the 20th Century. Volume I" published in 2004.

Nalivkin is practically unknown to general public but his works are extremely important documents of the period and sources of exhaustive information on Central Asia at the moment when it was being conquered by Russia. V.V. Bartold, a distinguished specialist in Oriental and Islamic studies, regarded Nalivkin as "probably the best expert on the language and everyday life" of the indigenous population of Turkestan.

Forty years of life in Central Asia made Nalivkin one of the most serious researches. He taught "native languages" at schools and seminaries, he was inspector of Moslem schools. At the threshold of the new century Nalivkin became senior official for special missions under the Turkestani general governor. He was eventually promoted to assistant to the military governor of Ferghana and even filled in for him when the superior was away.

"Natives, Before And Now" sums up 40 years of studies of life in Turkestan. His conclusions and estimates are absolutely dispassionate. Nalivkin did his best to expose "sores and blemishes" of all social strata and ethnic groups in pre-revolutionary Turkestan.

The newspaper Turkestanski Kurier (Tashkent) published Nalivkin's essay in 1912 and 1913. It was published as a book in 1913 and immediately became a bibliographical rarity. The book was reprinted in Moscow in 2004 but the print run was decidedly pitiful (500 copies). Ferghana.Ru features "Natives, Before And Now" by Vladimir Nalivkin with courteous permission of Yelena Larina and Dmitry Arapov, book compilers and editors.

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Click here to read "Natives, Before And Now" by V. P. Nalivkin (in Russian)

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