On the Religious Frontier: Tsarist Russia and Islam in the Caucasus (International Library of Historical Studies Series, #32)

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This book examines the history of Muslim Azerbaijan under Christian Orthodox Russian imperial rule and the attempts of the Russian administrators of the Caucasus to integrate the region into the empire. Firouzeh Mostashari presents the formation of a Russian colonial administration in the Muslim Caucasus; subsequent social, political and economic development and the local response to conquest, military rule and Russification. Central to the study is the concept of a religious and cultural frontier separating Orthodox Russia and Muslim Azerbaijan. On the Religious Frontier offers a fascinating insight into how the seeds of conflict in today's Caucasus were sown during Tsarist Russia.

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"[An] informative book on Tsarist policy in Azerbaijan….Mostashari provides illuminating analyses of a series of important issues." -The Russian Review

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Meet the Author

Firouzeh Mostashari is Associate Professor of History at Regis College, Weston, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Russian Colonialism: The Case of Azerbaijan
• The "Civilizing Mission" and Conquest of the Muslim Caucasus
• Imperial Dilemmas and the Islamic Resistance to Colonization (1828-1840)
• The Making of the Caucasian Administration: 1840-1881
• Azerbaijan and the Great Reforms
• Tsarist Social Policy and the Muslim Elite
• Officialdom, Russification and Revolution, 1881-1917
• Muslim Society and its Response to Russification
• The Azerbaijani Intelligentsia, Nationalism and Revolution
• Russian Colonialism and Azerbaijani Society

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