Таджики: история, культура, общество
The book consists of contributions of Russian and Tajik ethnologists, specialists in Asian studies and Islam studies from leading scientific centers of Saint-Petersburg, Moscow and Dushanbe. The main aim of the book is present for respectful readers the picture of cultural variety of ethnic groups, living in modern Tajikistan in historic, cultural and religious aspects. The authors mainly concentrated their attention on the period, when the region of Central Asia was a part of the Russian Empire. In this respect, the presence of Russian troops in Pamir region is highlighted. The articles on religious aspects (Shia and Ismailism) covered the modern religious life of the Tajik population. The publish of the book was financially supported by the Representative office of the Aga-khan Foundation (Switzerland) in the Russian Federation.
On the base of publiished and archive sources and field materils, the article describes the history of the formation and activity of Russian Pamir border guard detachment, which played an important role in the process of strenghten the position of Russian Empire over the so called Great Game, i.e. rivalry of the Russian and British empires in Central Asia.