Moscow's Muslim Challenge: Soviet Central Asia

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Moscow's Muslim Challenge: Soviet Central Asia

By Michael Rywkin
Sharpe, 1982
200 pp. $25.00

An excellent introduction to a problem of which Moscow and the rest of the world will hear much more in the future, given the political background, the relative growth rates of Muslims and Slavs in the U.S.S.R., and the impossibility of assimilating Muslim peoples into Russian culture. The author recognizes the complexity of the question of identity (for the Soviet Muslims) and of policy (for the Soviet regime), and is fair in giving the conflicting views of various Western scholars as well as his own.

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