Islam and politics in Central Asia /
Mehrdad Haghayeghi.
1st ed.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995.
xxiv, 264 p. : ill.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995.
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-12:
Haghayeghi's cogently argued, balanced, and well-researched book treats a strategically important region of the world just beginning to emerge from decades of Soviet domination. The book focuses on the development of Islam in Central Asia and its influence in shaping political trends in the region. The author places the role played by Islam in the context of the historical development of the region and the countervailing forces of secularism nurtured under Soviet rule. Historically, Islam has been a vital part of the lives of the peoples of Central Asia. However, the overall Islamic orientation of Central Asia has so far been nonmilitant. The author examines both historical and current sociopolitical factors that have shaped the generally moderate Islamic disposition among the Central Asian states. He also analyzes the interplay of Islamic and ethnic relations and its impact on political developments in the region. The author has done a superb job of blending historical facts and solid political analysis into a very readable book. Highly recommended for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses and scholars of Central Asia and the former Soviet Union. N. Entessar; Spring Hill College
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Table of Contents
List of Tables
List of figures
Map of Central Asian States
Map of Turkistan Circa 1917
Map of Nineteenth-Century Kazakhstan
Note on Transliteration
Islam Under Communismp. 1
The Gorbachev Erap. 41
Islamic Revival in Central Asiap. 71
The Democratic Drivep. 101
Government and Politicsp. 133
Islam and Ethnic Relationsp. 165
Conclusionp. 207
Notesp. 213
Selected Bibliographyp. 243
Indexp. 251
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