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Both can be obtained only through academic contacts.

This did not result from the discovery of a mass of new written documents (contrary to what happened with Bactrian studies), nor to a large extension of field archaeology (on the contrary, the great excavations inherited from the Soviet period have since shrunk due to financial difficulties, with a few exceptions such as Samarkand and Paykend). Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie des Wissenschaften, 2001.

Some preliminary observations: 1) Almost all the works listed have been published since 1986.

A few references prior to that date have been kept, however, when they still retain their value as books for daily consultation (e.g. Gershevitch, A grammar of Manichean Sogdian, 1954, or G. 2) As usual (unfortunately) in scholarship, all the more so in Soviet and post-Soviet scholarship, many authors “recycle” material from articles to books, or from article to article, or from a version published in one language to a version in another.

The main reason for the blossoming of Sogdian studies has been, on the one hand, better communication among the specialists involved, and, on the other hand, chance discoveries in China, which have added a new angle to the perception of the historical role of the Sogdians. Sims-Williams provides an update for Gershevitch’s Grammar which remains indispensable (not only for the Manichean variant of the Sogdian language).

Archaeological information from the Soviet republics, hitherto very sparsely disseminated in Western publications, has quite suddenly become more abundant. Yutaka Yoshida has announced The Sogdian language, a textbook which will be most useful.

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