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Author Mostowlansky, Till, author.

Title Azan on the moon : entangling modernity along Tajikistan's Pamir Highway / Till Mostowlansky.

Publication Info. Pittsburgh, PA : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2017]

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Description 1 online resource (xx, 216 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Series Central Eurasia in context
Central Eurasia in context.
Summary "Azan on the Moon is an in-depth anthropological study of people's lives along the Pamir Highway in eastern Tajikistan. Constructed in the 1930s in rugged high-altitude terrain, the road fundamentally altered the material and social fabric of this former Soviet outpost on the border with Afghanistan and China. The highway initially brought sentiments of disconnection and hardship, followed by Soviet modernization and development, and ultimately a sense of distinction from bordering countries and urban centers that continues to this day. Based on extensive fieldwork and through an analysis of construction, mobility, technology, media, development, Islam, and the state, Till Mostowlansky shows how ideas of modernity are both challenged and reinforced in contemporary Tajikistan. In the wake of China's rise in Central Asia, people along the Pamir Highway strive to reconcile a modern future with a modern past. Weaving together the road, a population, and a region, Azan on the Moon presents a rich ethnography of global connections"--Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Prologue : the moon and the highway -- Introduction : traveling into thin air -- Part I. Modern Place: chapter 1. Modernity and the road ; chapter 2. Making Murghab -- Part II. Sites of Engagement: chapter 3. Nasha-Vasha : ours and yours ; chapter 4. Muslims on the roof of the world ; chapter 5. The golden gate of Tajikistan -- Epilogue.
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Subject Pamir Highway -- History.
Social change -- Tajikistan -- Kūḣistonī Badakhshon.
Mountain roads -- Social aspects -- Tajikistan.
Kūḣistonī Badakhshon (Tajikistan) -- Social conditions.
Ethnology -- Tajikistan.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Mostowlansky, Till. Azan on the moon. Pittsburgh, PA : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2017] 9780822964438 0822964430 (DLC) 2017014497 (OCoLC)959265648
ISBN 9780822982401 (electronic bk.)
0822982404 (electronic bk.)
9780822964438 (paperback)
0822964430 (paperback)