Russia's Muslim Frontiers

Russia's Muslim Frontiers : New Directions in Cross-cultural Analysis

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"Readers will find fresh and thought-provoking studies: the differing approaches of the U.S. and the [former] Soviet Union to Middle East policy, Central Asia, and South Asia ...provide grounds for self-criticism and the exploration of new directions." - John L. Esposito. Russian, Central Asian, and American scholars candidly assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of their respective past and present approaches to understanding political and religious developments in the Muslim world. Richard W. Cottam and Georgy M. Korniyenko demonstrate that much of U.S. and Soviet conduct in the Middle East after World War II was based on reciprocal misperceptions. Martha Brill Olcott, Alexei V. Malashenko, and Abdujabar Abduvakhitov emphasize the endurance of supposedly suppressed or obliterated religious and national identities in the Central Asian nations. Victor G. Korgun and David B. Edwards offer different perspectives on the Soviet Union's failed attempt to establish secular socialist rule in Afghanistan. Tribe and national identities among the Bakhtiyari and Kurds of Iran are discussed by Gene R. Garthwaite. The Islamization of Pakistan is considered by Vyacheslav Ya. Belokrenitsky, Dimitri B. Novossyolov, and Richard Kurin. Muhammad Khalid Masud calls for new directions in the cross-cultural analysis of politics and religion in Muslim states.show more

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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 235 x 25.4mm | 500g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253319390
  • 9780253319395

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Preface Note on Transliteration Introduction: The Other orientalist Crisis Dale F. Eickelman Part I: International and Regional Perspectives I. United States Middle East Policy in the Cold War Era Richard W. Cottam II. Soviet Policy in Middle East: A PractitionerOs Interpretation Georgy M. Korniyenko Part II: Central Asia III. Central AsiaOs Political Crisis Martha Brill Olcott IV. Islam versus Communism: The Experience of Coexistence Alexei V. Malashenko V. Islamic Revivalism In Uzbekistan Abdujabar Abduvakhitov Part III: Afghanistan and Iran VI. The Afghan Revolution: A Failed Experiment Victor G. Korgun VII. Words in the Balance: The Poetics of Political Dissent in Afghanistan David B. Edwards VIII. Reimagined Internal Frontiers: Tribes and Nationalism-Bakhtiyari and Kurds Gene R. Garthwaite Part IV: Pakistan IX. Islam and the State in Pakistan Vyacheslav Ya. Belokrenitsky X. The Islamization of Welfare in Pakistan Dimitri B. Novossyolov XI. Islamization in Pakistan: The Sayyid and the Dancer Richard Kurin Conclusion: The Limits of Expert Knowledge Muhammad Khalid Masud Notes of Contributors Indexshow more

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