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The Republic of Tajikistan is a landlocked country in central Asia. It is bordered by Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, the People's Republic of China, and Uzbekistan,

As of 2009, the population of the country was estimated as being 7,349,145. The country's capital and largest city is Dushanbe, which, as of 2008, had an estimated population of 679,400.

Tajikistan Country Details


Country Name Tajikistan
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Central Asia
Principal Languages
  • Russian
  • Tajik
  • Capital Dushanbe


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    Tajikistan (Bradt Travel Guides)
    By Sophie Ibbotson

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    Epic mountain landscapes, glacial lakes and the mighty Oxus River encircle ancient Buddhist sites, Silk Road trading posts, medieval shrines and planned Soviet cities alike. The guide includes tried and tested trekking routes in the Frann, Zerafshan and Pamir mountain ranges and comprehensive bird-watching and wildlife sections. Rich historical detail, entertaining anecdotes along with first-hand descriptions of everything from Soghdian ruins to playing the traditional sport of buz kashi or 'dead goat polo', bring the country alive.

    Tajikistan and the High Pamirs: A Companion and Guide (Odyssey Illustrated Guides)
    By Robert Middleton

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    Fringed by the two great rivers of Central Asia, the Oxus and the Jaxartes, Tajikistan can boast not only of breathtaking mountain scenery, but also of 3,000 years of history. The land where Alexander the Great fought desperately against the Scythian n
    Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan 1:1.35M/1.1M (English and French Edition)
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    Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan 1:1.35M/1.1M (English and French Edition)
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    hese three countries, bordering on Afghanistan, Iran, and China, have proved to be remarkably stable in a very volatile part of the world. They constitute the heart of Central Asia; a bit difficult to reach, but definitely suitable for adventure travel. Turkmenistan occupies one side of the sheet, and the other two smaller countries share the other side at a better scale. Turkmenistan stretches from the Caspian Sea to a major river (the Amuder) that forms its eastern boundary with Uzbekistan and its border with Afghanistan. An inset map of the capital just north of the Iranian border, Ashgabat, is included. The other side concentrates on the mountainous western Himalayan peaks, which are largely unexplored by outsiders. This is a region of trekking trails rather than highways, although the fabled Great Silk Road goes right through the middle of the map, from Kashgar in China to equally fabled Tashkent. Branches also go to Konduz, in Afghanistan, and to Dushanbe, while the northern route is shown as well (the Silk Road having several alternative routes). This side is still showing signs of the Soviet era, with Russian names occasionally appearing. No doubt, these are being changed over time. This is a very interesting map, of an of-the-beaten-track part of the world. It reflects the best information we have, but will improve over the next decade as more information becomes available.
    Tajikistan (Bradt Travel Guide)
    By Sophie Ibbotson

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    This new, thoroughly updated second edition of the most practical guide to Central Asia's smallest and least understood country brings to life the ‘Roof of the World': Tajikistan. Enhanced trekking details and maps are included, along with more detailed practical information than any other guidebook and an expanded language section. Travelling to and entering Tajikistan is easier than ever before with improved transport infrastructure and a new airport terminal in the capital, Dushanbe. Accommodation options in the capital have also improved with new high-end hotels now open for business. This new edition includes details of all such changes and improvements.
    With this guide you can explore the Tajik side of the Wakhan Corridor, complete with fortresses, petroglyphs, and stunning views of the Pamirs and Hindu Kush. Also covered are the Fann Mountains, easily the most accessible ― and one of the most beautiful ― mountain ranges in Tajikistan, the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Sarazm and the Tajik National Park, the hot springs of Garm Chasma, and the Tajikistan section (which forms the majority) of the Pamir Highway, arguably the most spectacular drive in the world.
    Epic mountain landscapes, glacial lakes, and the mighty Amu Darya - the Oxus River of antiquity - encircle ancient Buddhist sites, Silk Road trading posts, medieval shrines, and planned Soviet cities alike. The modern population continues to draw upon its diverse heritage from Persia, China, Afghanistan and Russia, creating a complex and intriguing culture waiting to be discovered. With first-hand descriptions of everything from Sogdian ruins to playing the traditional sport of buz kashi, trekking on the Murghab Plateau and eating shashlik in garden tea houses, Tajikistan's expert authors bring the country alive in Bradt's new and fully updated edition.
    Postcards from Stanland: Journeys in Central Asia
    By David H. Mould

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    “An illuminating travelogue through Central Asia…. As a genial travel guide, Mould, an academic who doesn’t write like an academic, shows how one should resist the temptations to stereotype a culture too easily and understand it too quickly.” —Kirkus Reviews

    Central Asia has long stood at the crossroads of history. It was the staging ground for the armies of the Mongol Empire, for the nineteenth-century struggle between the Russian and British empires, and for the NATO campaign in Afghanistan. Today, multinationals and nations compete for the oil and gas reserves of the Caspian Sea and for control of the pipelines. Yet “Stanland” is still, to many, a terra incognita, a geographical blank.

    Beginning in the mid-1990s, academic and journalist David Mould’s career took him to the region on Fulbright Fellowships and contracts as a media trainer and consultant for UNESCO and USAID, among others. In Postcards from Stanland, he takes readers along with him on his encounters with the people, landscapes, and customs of the diverse countries—Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan—he came to love. He talks with teachers, students, politicians, environmental activists, bloggers, cab drivers, merchants, Peace Corps volunteers, and more.

    Until now, few books for a nonspecialist readership have been written on the region, and while Mould brings his own considerable expertise to bear on his account—for example, he is one of the few scholars to have conducted research on post-Soviet media in the region—the book is above all a tapestry of place and a valuable contribution to our understanding of the post-Soviet world.

    Tajikistan - Loosening the Knot
    By Ross Howard

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    The narrative is of travels through Tajikistan, the poorest country economically in Central Asia. As the Soviet Union disintegrated, the economy collapsed, the people suffered extreme privation and large elements of the country reverted to what became known as a "yak economy". Shortly after the declaration of independence in 1991, the country descended into Civil War, with open hostilities between the warring factions only coming to an end in 1997. The country is still recovering from the economic devastation wrought by the conflict and today, over half the population is deemed to be in poverty, surviving on an income equivalent to or less than US$2.00 per day. Tajikistan is the smallest nation in Central Asia with over 50 per cent of the land-mass being more than 3,000 metres above sea level. It is also the most water rich country with lakes, major glaciers and more than 900 of its rivers over 10 kilometres in length. The journey follows the border with Afghanistan and traverses the High Pamirs and the so-called Pamir Knot. This term identifies the junction of the Himalaya, Karakoram, Tian Shan, Kunlun and Hindu Kush mountain ranges. Collectively, these mountains form the roof of the world. The ethnic composition of a population of 8 million is 60 per cent Tajik, who include the Pamiris who occupy much of the Pamir region, followed by 23 per cent Uzbek. The balance is made up of Russian, Kyrgyz and several other smaller minorities. The majority of Tajiks are Sunni Muslims, while the Pamiris are almost exclusvely followers of the Ishmaeli sect of Shia. Tajikistan is a secular republic and elections are held for the presidency and the parliament. However, since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the system has been dominated by the same power structure, and Emomalii Rahmon, the President, came to power in 1994 following a disputed election, and has remained in place through a sequence of similarly disputed ballots. His regime is seen to be corrupt and he has been described as running the country for his own pesonal profit and is prepared to use threats and intimidation to remain in power. The narrative considers the issues of corruption and poverty and how the majority of people were focused on survival and didn't wish to be distracted by those things over which they had no control. However, they do know that the aspirations they have for their children and the future will not come to pass unless the constraining knot of poverty, dictatorship and corruption is loosened and brought undone. Only then with the human spirit prevail.

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