16 June 1943 – 6 April 2019

Open Central Asia Magazine was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of our past contributors and close supporters, Shirin Akiner, on 6th April 2019 at the age of 75.

Akiner was a well-respected and devoted scholar of Central Asia. She was a Research Associate at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and continued teaching there well past her retirement.

During her academic career, she produced many scholarly works, particularly on Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan and and was a member of editorial and advisory board of the Journal of Central Asian and Caucasian Studies. She was always forthright and clear in her thoughts and ideas on the region and this magazine, as well as the ECG, enjoyed her support and contributions to bringing Central Asia, it’s people and traditions, closer to Europe.

Our sincerest sympathies and condolences go to her family and friends who have lost a remarkable and special lady.