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The Legacy of Professor Edward A. Allworth

War hero, intellectual, loving father, traveler, beloved husband, mentor, scholar, numismatic collector, connoisseur of all things Central Asia, are just a few ways to describe Edward Alfred Allworth, Emeritus Professor of Turco - Soviet Studies at Columbia University. Many of his publications are considered classics and essential reading for students of Central Asian studies. His scholarly works alone stand as a testament to his legacy to educate academics, policy makers and the general public about the importance of the Central Asian region. However, his greatest accomplishment is the countless students he nurtured and trained in Central Asian studies.

In this memorial, I invite readers to learn about the fascinating life of Professor Edward A. Allworth. I hope everyone will take the time to view the photo gallery and enjoy the journey into the past to discover "the last of the great Masters of Central Asian studies".

Orhan Babakurban is a first generation Turkistanian-American born in the United States. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a M.A. in Political Science from Columbia University. He was fortunate to attend Professor Allworth's Central Asian seminar in the early 1990's. After the independence of Uzbekistan, he taught at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent. His interests include the history and politics of Central Asia. He currently resides in New York.

Photo of author with Professor Allworth at his New York City apartment, June 25, 2011.


Credit: Collection of Orhan Babakurban.

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