Although my time in the US was intended to only last 6-8 weeks, I have remained in the Western hemisphere for the entire summer. The reasons are primarily financial and I have wanted to return earlier, but luckily September will mark my return to Central Asia and fieldwork. In the mean time, I have been working to take advantage of being on this side of globe by visiting libraries, making professional contacts, consulting with faculty, and visiting family.
In mid-September, I plan on being back in Kyrgyzstan for a month and then heading to Kashgar, China for the next stage of the project, where I will be working with Chinese export firms sending goods across the Northwest border.
Before leaving the US, I plan on taking advantage of Central Asian and Islamic Rare Book Collection at Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. It contains the personal libraries of Richard N. Frye, Karl H. Menge, and Karl Jettmar. In preparation for the re-expedition, I am also gearing up steam on the blog. Happy late summer days.