Preface Acknowledgments Historical Timeline List of Illustrations A Note on Transliteration Introduction: Who are the Tajiks? Chapter One: The Prehistory of Central Asia Chapter Two: Sogdians and Bactrians Chapter Three: The Samanid Empire and the New Persian Renaissance Chapter Four: Tajiks and Turks Chapter Five: The Soviet Period Chapter Six: The Republic of Tajikistan Chapter Seven: Tajiks Beyond the Borders: Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, China, and the Diaspora Excursus: Afghanistan at a Stone's Throw Bibliography Index
A comprehensive and up to date history of the Tajiks
Richard Foltz is Professor of Religions and Cultures at Concordia University, Canada. He is the author of a number of titles on Iranian and Central Asian history, culture and religion including Iran in World History, Religions of Iran and Religions of the Silk Road.
'This engagingly written, excellent new history of the Tajik people is an outstanding achievement'. * Rustam Shukurov, Professor of History, Moscow State University, Russia *