Constitutional Faith Law and Hope in Revolutionary Kyrgyzstan


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BEYER, Judith, 2015. Constitutional Faith Law and Hope in Revolutionary Kyrgyzstan. In: Ethnos : Journal of Anthropology. 80(3), pp. 320-345. ISSN 0014-1844. eISSN 1469-588X. Available under: doi: 10.1080/00141844.2013.841270

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