The faithful assistant. Muhiddin Faizulloev's life and work in the light of Soviet ethnography
Muhiddin Faizulloev studied ethnography in Dushanbe (Tajikistan) and Moscow and finished his dissertation after a long and painful struggle against established authorities. Over the course of his career Muhiddin Faizulloev accompanied more than thirty ethnographic and archaeological expeditions and produced many ethnographic field diaries. Even more interesting was that he had worked with and for Sergei Polyakov (Moscow State University) and Valentin Bushkov (Main Archival Department, Moscow), two ethnographers who have published extensively on the Tajik people. Faizulloev's view of events and scholarly works is refreshing and helps contextualize the sometimes problematic books that Moscow's ethnographers produced. The article sheds light on the question of ethnographic knowledge production more generally and on the ethnographic work and life of Muhiddin Faizullov in Tajikistan more specifically.