Islam after Communism Religion and Politics in Central Asia

ISBN-10: 0520249275
ISBN-13: 9780520249271
Edition: 2007
Authors: Adeeb Khalid
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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/18/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 253
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Adeeb Khalid combines insights from the study of both Islam and Soviet history in this sophisticated analysis of the ways that Muslim societies in Central Asia have been transformed by the Soviet presence in the region. Arguing that the utopian Bolshevik project of remaking the world featured a sustained assault on Islam that destroyed patterns of Islamic learning and thoroughly de-Islamized public life, Khalid demonstrates that Islam became synonymous with tradition and was subordinated to powerful ethnonational identities that crystallized during the Soviet period. He shows how this legacy endures today and how, for the vast majority of the population, a return to Islam means the recovery of traditions destroyed under Communism. Islam after Communismreasons that the fear of a rampant radical Islam that dominates both Western thought and many of Central Asia's governments should be tempered by an understanding of the politics of antiterrorism, which allows governments to justify their own authoritarian policies by casting all opposition as extremist. Comparing the secularization of Islam in Central Asia to experiences in Turkey, the former Yugoslavia, and other secular Muslim states, the author lays the groundwork for a nuanced and well-informed discussion of the forces at work in this crucial region.

Contents
List of Maps
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Islam in Central Asia
Empire and the Challenge of Modernity
The Soviet Assault on Islam
Islam as National Heritage
The Revival of Islam
Islam in Opposition
The Politics of Antiterrorism
Conclusion: Andijan and Beyond
Glossary
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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