The former Muslim republics of the USSR are struggling to strike a balance between the legacy of the Soviet regime and the revival of their own, traditional culture. This volume examines the religion, economy and demography of the areas as well as both internal and external relations.
Table of Contents
Introduction, 1. The Secularization of Islam and the USSR's Muslim Areas 2 Islam and Fundamentalism in Independent Central Asia 3 Does Islamic Fundamentalism Exist in Russia? 4 Islam and Ethnic Identity in Central Asia: A View from Below 5 Geopolitics and Ethnic Problems of Uzbekistan and Its Neighbours 6 Regionalism and Clan Loyalty in the Political Life of Uzbekistan 7 Tajikistan: Political Parties in an Inchoate National Space 8 A Year of Rule by the Popular Front of Azerbaijan 9. Unity, Diversity and Conflict in the Northern Caucasus 10.
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