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Under Construction and Highly Contested: Islam in the Post-Soviet Caucasus
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
Charles Univ Prague, Inst Int Studies, Fac Social Sci, Prague, Czech Republic.
2016 (English)In: Third World Quarterly, ISSN 0143-6597, E-ISSN 1360-2241, Vol. 37, no 9, 1559-1580 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

While scholarship on Islam in the Caucasus has focused on the late Soviet religious revival – the rise of Salafi jihadism and religious radicalisation in the northern part of these strategic crossroads – no study to date has addressed the discursive struggle over the social functions of regional Islam. This article deconstructs these discourses in order to examine the very varying, and often conflicting, representations of Islam advocated by various actors across the region and within particular republics. The article highlights the contested functions of regional Islam against the background of a religious revival that is still a work in progress.

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2016. Vol. 37, no 9, 1559-1580 p.
Keyword [en]
Decolonisation and colonisation, Islamism, religion, culture, Caucasus, narratives
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-291440DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2016.1166047ISI: 000382376800003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-291440DiVA: diva2:925533
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Emil A. Souleimanov carried out this work in the framework of the Program P17 ‘Sciences on Society, Politics, and Media’ at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague.
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Swedish Research Council, 348-2014-5974
Available from: 2016-05-02 Created: 2016-05-02 Last updated: 2016-09-23Bibliographically approved

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