the 2nd edition of “From Shamanism to Sufism: Women, Islam and Culture in Central Asia” (ISBN: ISBN: 978-1-78076-687-4) by Dr.Razia Sultanova came out…
Dr Razia Sultanova is the Director of the Centre for Central Asian music at the Cambridge Central Asia Forum, University of Cambridge. A graduate of the Uzbek State Conservatory and the Moscow State Conservatory, she has taught musicology and ethnomusicology at the Uzbek State Conservatory, Moscow State Conservatory, University of London ( at Goldsmiths College and at SOAS), and finally in Cambridge University. Her primary areas of research are ‘Central Asian and Middle Eastern music’, ‘Islam and music’, and ‘gender and music’. For the last twenty years she has been conducting intensive fieldwork in all of the Central Asian republics, Caucasus, Afghanistan, Turkey, publishing articles in English, German, French, Chinese, Russian and Uzbek. Razia has acted as a music consultant for several international organizations (including UNESCO in 2005). She has been awarded a large number of scholarships: in Germany (DFG in 1993, the Ministry of Culture of the Land Brandenburg 1994, 1997); in France (Institut Français d’Etudes sur l’Asie Centrale in 1996, 1997); and in the UK (1999 onwards). Whilst at SOAS in 2006 Razia was the organizer of a new ICTM Study Group (Music of the Turkic Speaking World) setting up its first International Workshop and Conference with participants from twelve countries. On the basis of that Conference Razia Sultanova has edited the book “Sacred Knowledge: Schools or Revelation? Master-Apprentice System of Oral Transmission in the Music of the Turkic Speaking World” published in October 2009 by Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany. After her recent publication concerning the musical traditions of the Islamic world (“From Shamanism to Sufism: Women and Islam in Central Asian culture”, the monograph produced in 2011 by I.B. Tauris), Razia Sultanova is currently working on a new book on popular culture of Afghanistan, a project supported by the British Council.
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