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Farideh Heyat

Farideh Heyat is an anthropologist based in London, born in Iran.  She is the author of numerous articles on women in Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan and the book, Azeri Women in Transition.  Her current book, Land of Forty Tribes is based on her observations and experience of working and travelling in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, and her research on the history of Central Asia.

(Book Launch at Hilton Trafalgar Hotel, 12th May 2015)

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by Farihed Heyat


Sima Omid, a British-Iranian anthropologist in search of her Turkic roots, takes on a university teaching post in Kyrgyzstan. It is the year following 9/11, when the US is asserting its influence in the region. Disillusioned with her long-standing relationship, Sima is looking for a new man in her life. But the foreign men she meets are mostly involved in relationships with local women half their age, and the Central Asian men she finds highly male chauvinist and aggressive towards women. Soon after her arrival, one of her students is kidnapped for marriage and is killed in an attempt to escape. When she questions the girl’s sister and her friend, they respond, “What can we do. It’s our culture”. This impels her to pursue a research journey to far corners of the country, gaining shocking insight.

Sima also explores the spread of radical Islam in the country, meeting with fundamentalist women and attending indoctrination meetings at the mosques. These reveal disturbing aspects of Islamisation in Kyrgyzstan and many of the modern issues that concern the disaffected religious youth of today. More generally, her observations illuminate different lives and cultures in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, in particular the position of women and gender relations.


ISBN: 978-0-9930444-6-5   hard back edition

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Robert Wight

Robert Toby Wight is a former economist and banker and worked for many years in Kazakhstan, Russia, and other former Soviet republics.
He has written widely for business publications in Russia and Britain.

VANISHED KHANS AND EMPTY STEPPES A HISTORY OF KAZAKHSTAN From Pre-History to Post-Independence, his first book.


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From Pre-History to Post-Independence

by Robert Wight


This is a major new history of an increasingly important country in Central Asia.

The book opens with an outline of the history of Almaty, from its nineteenth-century origins as a remote outpost of the Russian empire, up to its present status as the thriving second city of modern-day Kazakhstan.  The story then goes back to the Neolithic and early Bronze Ages, and the sensational discovery of the famous Golden Man of the Scythian empire.  A succession of armies and empires, tribes and khanates, appeared and disappeared, before the siege and destruction in 1219 of the ancient Silk Road city of Otrar under the Mongol leader Genghis Khan.  The emergence of the first identifiable Kazakh state in the sixteenth century was followed by early contacts with Russia, the country which came to be the dominant influence in Kazakhstan and Central Asia for three hundred years.  The book shows how Kazakhstan has been inextricably caught up in the vast historical processes – of revolution, civil war, and the rise and fall of communism – which have extended out from Russia over the last century.  In the process the country has changed dramatically, from a simple nomadic society of khans and clans, to a modern and outward-looking nation.  The transition has been difficult and tumultuous for millions of people, but Vanished Khans and Empty Steppes illustrates how Kazakhstan has emerged as one of the world’s most successful post-communist countries.


ISBN 978-0-9930444-0-3

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Press links -> INFORM.KZ      LENTA.KAZAKH.RU      WWW.24.KZ



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Finding the Holy Path

Finding the Holy Path

by Shahsamen Murray

“Murray’s first book provides an enticing and novel link between her adopted home town of Edinburgh and her origins form Central Asia. Beginning with an investigation into a mysterious lamp that turns up in an antiques shop in Edinburgh, and is bought on impulse, we are quickly brought to the fertile Ferghana valley in Uzbekistan to witness the birth of Kara-Choro, and the start of an enthralling story that links past and present. Told through a vivid and passionate dialogue, this is a tale of parallel discovery and intrigue. The beautifully translated text, interspersed by regional poetry, cannot fail to impress any reader, especially those new to the region who will be affectionately drawn into its heart in this page-turning cultural thriller.”  Nick Rowan, Editor-in-Chief, Open Central Asia Magazine

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Shahsanem Murray

The Kyrgyz-British novelist Shahsanem Murray was born in Kyrgyzstan and settled in Edinburgh, UK after marrying her husband Gordon Murray. With a degree in Philology and speaking three languages fluently, writing is a natural past time for her. After completing a translation of one of her Uncles book from Kyrgyz into both English and Russian two years ago, she then set about writing her own first novel. This first novel can trace its roots and influences to many aspects of her life. Clan cultures in both Scotland and Kyrgyzstan along with travelling to many corners of the world provided a framework for a story through the ages and the continents of the world. Whilst a keen interest in Politics, International Business, Poetry, Films and Art provided threads and strands for back-stories and sub-plots as well as many factual references and content. Outwith writing Shahsanem works with a number of colleagues to arrange cultural events, and endeavours to promote Central Asia throughout Scotland and the UK.

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The Alphabet Game

by Paul Wilson

Travelling around the world may appear as easy as A,B,C in the twenty first century, but looks can be deceptive: there is no ‘X’ for a start. Not since Xidakistan was struck from the map. But post 9/11, with the War on Terror going global, the sovereignty of ‘The Valley’ is back on the agenda. Could the Xidakis, like their Uzbek and Tajik neighbours, be about to taste the freedom of independence? Will Xidakistan once again take its rightful place in the League of Nations?
The Valley’s fate is inextricably linked with that of Graham Ruff, founder of Ruff Guides. In a tale setting sail where Around the World in Eighty Days and Lost Horizon weighed anchor, our not-quite-a-hero suffers all the slings and arrows outrageous fortune can muster, in pursuit of his golden triangle: The Game, The Guidebook, The Girl. 
With the future of Guidebooks under threat, The Alphabet Game takes you back to the very beginning, back to their earliest incarnations and the gamesmanship that brought them into being. As Evelyn Waugh’s Scoop did for Foreign Correspondents the world over, so this novel lifts the lid on Travel Writers for good. 
Wilson tells The Game’s story with his usual mix of irreverent wit and historical insight, and in doing so delivers a telling satire on an American war effort. 

The Guidebook is Dead? Long Live the Guidebook.

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Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson was born in Macclesfield and took to unusual journeys early in life when, aged two, he fell out of his third-floor bedroom window. He went to King’s School, Macclesfield, before reading History and Ancient History at New College, Oxford.  He has been extensively travelling the Silk Road since the 1990s , and is now an advisor to the UNWTO Silk Road Programme’s. This has made his guidebook , The Silk Roads (   the definitive guide  to the Route.  The Alphabet Game is his first foray into Fiction and he  is a regular contributor to Travel Magazines, Books and Radio Shows both in Australia and the UK.  He has lived and worked in North, South and Central America and travelledextensively in Africa, Europe, Asia and Australasia. On his many trips to the Orient he has always maintained his support for Macclesfield Town Football Club, which makes him true ‘Silkman ‘ on the Silk Road. If it is Raining in Macclesfield, Paul can be found  in Sydney with his wife and family.

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Vitaly Shuptar

Vitaliy Shuptar – Traveler, president and co-founder of Avalon Historico-geographical Society and Avalon Public Foundation, co-founder of Nomadic Travel Kazakhstan company. Bicycle and mountain tourism enthusiast. Has experience of work in ecotourism development both in Central Kazakhstan and Northern Tien Shan. Author of numerous articles and photos, published in Kazakhstani and foreign editions on travel and tourism. Author and editor of guide-books on Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, published by Silk Road Media publishing house.

Author of 100 KZ Experiences travel companion book – coming soon !




An in-depth study of Genghis Khan from a Kazakh perspective, The Turkic Saga of Genghis Khan presupposes that the great Mongol leader and his tribal setting had more in common with the ancestors of the Kazakhs than with the people who today identify as Mongols. This idea is growing in currency in both western and eastern scholarship and is challenging both old Western assumptions and the long-obsolete Soviet perspective. This is an academic work that draws on many Central Asian and Russian sources and often has a Eurasianist bias – while also paying attention to new accounts by Western authors such as Jack Weatherford and John Man. It bears the mark of an independent, unorthodox and passionate scholar.

The book begins with a summary of the impact of the Eurasian nomads on world history and a sketch of how the dynamics of the steppe cultures interacted and came to rule, in many cases, the sedentary cultures that they conquered, creating characteristic two-tiered societies (Zakiryanov’s ‘KZ factor’). It then quickly goes on to examine the genealogy of Genghis Khan, the ethnicity of the various tribes close to him and the language they would have spoken. Drawing also on historical currents in China and Russia, and illustrated by the author’s own present-day travels in Mongolia and throughout the Turkic world, Zakiryanov examines the origins and relationships of both the Kazakhs and the Mongols with each other and their neighbours.

Kairat Zakiryanov is a professor of mathematics and currently rector of the Kazakh Academy of Sport and Tourism in Almaty. He is active in various cultural and civic spheres – all this in addition to a life-long devotion to history, to understanding his own roots and ancestry. This he regards both as part of the project of reviving Kazakh historical studies and identity in the post-Soviet era and as a means for anybody to better understand his or her specifics of origin and through that, our common humanity.


ISBN: 978-0992787370

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