Dagestan: Russian Hegemony Islamic Resistance North Caucasus, 1st Edition

  • Robert Bruce Ware
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  • ISBN-10: 0765623986
  • ISBN-13: 9780765623980
  • DDC: 947.5
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 365 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released April 2011
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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Like other majority Muslim regions of the former Soviet Union, the republic of Dagestan, on Russia's southern frontier, has become contested territory in a hegemonic competition between Moscow and resurgent Islam. In this authoritative book the leading experts on Dagestan provide a pathbreaking study of this volatile state far from the world's gaze. The largest and most populous of the North Caucasian republics, bordered on the west by Chechnya and on the east by the Caspian Sea, Dagestan is almost completely mountainous. With no majority nationality, the republic developed a distinctive system of calibrated power relations among ethnic groups and with Moscow, a system that has been undermined by the spillover of the wars in Chechnya, Wahhabi and Islamist recruiting efforts targeting youth, and Moscow's reassertion of the "power vertical." Underdevelopment, high birthrates, transiting pipelines, and the rising incidence of terrorist violence and assassinations add to the explosive potential of the region. The authors draw on decades of field research, interviews, and data to offer unique perspective on the civilizational collision course under way in the Caucasus today.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction: Where Mountains Rise.
2: Murids and Tsars: Islamic Ideology as an Antidote to Russian Colonialism.
3: Soviet Rule in the North Caucasus: Betrayal of Islam and Construction of Ethnicity.
4: Democratic Dagestan: Ethnic Accommodation in the Constitutional Djamaat.
5: The Islamic Factor: Revival and Radicalism.
6: Conflict and Catharsis: Why Dagestanis Fought to Remain in Russia.
7: Russian Recentralization and Islamic Resistance: Stepping on the Same Rake.
8: Conclusion: A Gathering Darkness.
Miskindji Village Protests.
About the Authors.