Oriental studies

Ethnography and Eroticism in Russian Turkestan

There are not many examples of gender studies in the field of historical research of Muslim peripheries of the Russian Empire. This article explores the representations of Muslim women in pre‑revolutionary Turkestan. It focuses on the research and practices of colonial ethnography, which supplied the authorities with knowledge about local people. In particular, the article considers and compare “The Turkestan Album”, a state‑sponsored photography project, and French traveler Hugues Krafft’s volume “Through Russian Turkestan»”, with the pictures of Muslim women.

The Scientific Legacy of Evgeny Torchinov and His Typology of Religions

Ten years passed after the death of outstanding Russian sinologist and religious studies scholar Evgeny Torchinov. In this paper the authors conceptualize his life and career and his academic