Under Solomon's Throne
Uzbek Visions of Renewal in Osh
University of Pittsburgh Press 2012
Dr. Morgan Liu‘s book, Under Solomon’s Throne: Uzbek Visions of Renewal in Osh (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012) brings to light the life of ethnic Uzbeks living in the city of Osh, located in the country of Kyrgyzstan. His ethnographic fieldwork shines a light on the unique culture of the Uzbeks living in this area. From the history of Osh as a city on the ancient Silk Road, to its current existence as an intriguing mixture of cultures, the reader is given a glimpse of a world that is mostly unknown to westerners. Located on the border of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, Osh is a city subject to the divergent paths created by the political reform that underscores the culture of this city. Based on Liu’s fieldwork during 1993 to 2011, this work touches on many issues concerning Asia and the Middle East today. The interviews and observations of these ethnic Uzbeks living in Osh reflect upon the nuances of what makes creates identity for a person, and a group of people who feel as though they really fit nowhere. Liu has presented this group in many facets, so that the reader is able to gain insight into the complexity of their existence in Osh. An Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, The Ohio State University, Dr. Morgan Liu teaches about the Middle East, Central Asia, Islamic revival and social justice, and cultural theory.