Islam in the States of the Former USSR

  title={Islam in the States of the Former USSR},
  author={Vitaly V. Naumkin},
  journal={The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science},
  pages={131 - 142}
  • V. Naumkin
  • Published 1 November 1992
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Under the Soviet system, the rich intellectual life of Islam was eliminated, but a vigorous if unsophisticated popular tradition remained. After perestroika, an Islamic movement emerged as a form of political protest. But secular nationalism and ethnic conflict within and between the new republics also provided political dynamics. Throughout the time of change, Islam has served as a symbol of identity, a force for mobilization, and a pressure for democracy. But if successful politically, it… 

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