Uzbek Soviet Encyclopedia

The Uzbek Soviet Encyclopedia (Uzbek: Oʻzbek sovet ensikopediyasi, OʻzSE in Latin script, Ўзбек совет энциклопедияси, ЎзСЭ in Cyrillic script; Russian: Узбекская советская энциклопедия, УзСЭ) is the largest and most comprehensive encyclopedia in the Uzbek language, comprising 14 volumes.[1] It is the first general-knowledge encyclopedia in Uzbek.

Uzbek Soviet Encyclopedia
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CountryUzbek SSR, USSR
GenreReference encyclopaedia
PublisherUzbek Soviet Encyclopedia Publishing House
Publication date
Media type14 volumes (hardbound)

The Uzbek Soviet Encyclopedia was printed in the Cyrillic script. Although the encyclopedia contained some articles translated from the Russian-language Great Soviet Encyclopedia, its coverage of topics skewed towards Uzbek interests.


The Uzbek Soviet Encyclopedia was published in Tashkent from 1971 to 1980 by the Uzbek Soviet Encyclopedia Publishing House.[2] Doctor Ibrohim Moʻminov, a member of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, was the chief editor of volumes one through nine. Komiljon Zufarov was the chief editor of volumes ten through fourteen.[3] The Uzbek Soviet Encyclopedia was not available in Russian.[4]


Despite the Marxist bias, the Uzbek Soviet Encyclopedia is a very comprehensive source of knowledge in social and economic studies and in the applied sciences. A major value of the encyclopedia is its comprehensive information about the USSR in general and the Uzbek SSR in particular. Every aspect of life in Soviet Uzbekistan is systematically presented, including history, economy, science, art, and culture. There are comprehensive biographies of prominent Uzbek cultural and scientific figures who are not as well known outside of Uzbekistan.

The Uzbek Soviet Encyclopedia contains extensive writings on Sufism, and generally positive coverage of Uzbek Sufi philosophers such as Khoja Akhmet Yassawi.[4] The encyclopedia initially criticized anti-Soviet writers such as Abdulrauf Fitrat and Choʻlpon as bourgeois nationalists, but these figures were rehabilitated during glasnost.[2]

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  1. ^ "The Uzbek Soviet Encyclopedia" (in Russian). The Great Encyclopedic Dictionary. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  2. ^ a b Kara, Harim (January 2002). "Reclaiming National Literary Heritage: the Rehabilitation of Abdurauf Fitrat and Abdulhamid Sulaymon Cholpan in Uzbekistan". Europe-Asia Studies. 54 (1): 123-142. doi:10.1080/09668130120098278.
  3. ^ "Uzbek Soviet Encyclopedia" (in Russian). Academic. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b Ramet, Sabrina (1989). Religion and Nationalism in Soviet and East European Politics. Duke University Press. p. 215.