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Islam and the Russian Empire: Reform and Revolution in Central Asia
     

Islam and the Russian Empire: Reform and Revolution in Central Asia

by Helene Carrere d'Encausse, Maxime Rodinson (Preface by)
 

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Relations between Muslims and the Russian government have long been a source of tension and never more so than today. This penetrating examination of the conflict between the central authority of the Russian Empire and its Muslim regions before, during and immediately after the Russian Revolution, illuminates this important relationship. It is essential reading for

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Relations between Muslims and the Russian government have long been a source of tension and never more so than today. This penetrating examination of the conflict between the central authority of the Russian Empire and its Muslim regions before, during and immediately after the Russian Revolution, illuminates this important relationship. It is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the complex dynamic between Islam and the State. This definitive history of the politics and administration of the state of Bukhara and its highly organized religious life is a source of many insights. It is also a superlative study of a Muslim reform movement in the context of Muslim modernism in other societies. Islam and the Russian Empire fills an important gap in our understanding of the Muslim question in the former Soviet Union and its influence on Russia’s relations with other Muslim countries.

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"...Provides a unique portrait of the hitherto underanalysed Islamic modernist movement in Bukhara in the period from the mid-nineteenth century to the Bolshevik Revolution. It covers not only political thought and parties but a wide range of social, economic and historical developments in the latter part of the nineteenth century."—Fred Halliday, Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics

"A particularly valuable work. In my opinion it contains the best account of ninteenth-century Muslim societies in Central Asia. It is, I think, indispensable to an understanding of the events that followed."—Ira Lapidus, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Berkeley

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845118945
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
03/15/2009
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 2.70(d)

Meet the Author

Hélène Carrère d'Encausse is one of France’s most eminent specialists in Russian history and has been the permanent secretary of the Académie Française since 1990. She is the author of numerous books including Nicholas II and The End of the Soviet Empire.

Maxime Rodinson (1915-2004) was a French Marxist historian who specialized in the study of Islam. Among his many publications are Muhammad, a sociological biography of the Prophet, and Islam and Capitalism.

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