Islam in Central Asia and the Caucasus since the Fall of the Soviet Union

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Bayram Balci
Comparative Politics and International Studies
  • Oxford, England: 
    Oxford University Press
    , November
     2018.
     288 pages.
     $45.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780190917272.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Elvira Kulieva forthcoming.

Description

With the end of the Soviet Union in 1991, a major turning point in all former Soviet republics, Central Asian and Caucasian countries began to reflect on their history and identities. As a consequence of their opening up to the global exchange of ideas, various strains of Islam and trends in Islamic thought have nourished the Islamic revival that had already started in the context of glasnost and perestroika--from Turkey, Iran, the Arabian Peninsula, and from the Indian subcontinent; the four regions with strong ties to Central Asian and Caucasian Islam in the years before Soviet occupation. 

Bayram Balci seeks to analyse how these new Islamic influences have reached local societies and how they have interacted with pre-existing religious belief and practice. Combining exceptional erudition with rare first-hand research, Balci's book provides a sophisticated account of both the internal dynamics and external influences in the evolution of Islam in the region.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Bayram Balci is a Researcher at CERI Sciences Po, Paris. He holds degrees in political science and Islamic studies and was Director of the French Institute for Central Asian Studies, Uzbekistan (2006-10). A visiting scholar at Carnegie, Washington, DC (2011 and 2014), Balci's research focuses on Islam in Turkey, Central Asia, and the Caucasus.

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