Silk Route Journey

Mirjam Hirch, in her 2005 essay Tajik and Turkmen Traditions of Health in Uzbekistan, describes the distinct tribal identities within the fabricated states of Central Asia, and how the suppressed customs, traditions, and religion hold the key to the indigenous peoples’ recovery from disease. As a chronicle of history of the region, relayed through the lens of public health, Ms. Hirch’s paper sets a standard for scholarship and journalism that few have matched. I cannot recommend it enough.

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~ by Jay Taber on March 14, 2010.

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