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Soviet Strategy And Islam
Soviet Strategy And Islam
By Alexandre A. Bennigsen and others
St. Martin's, 1989, 182 pp

In the first part of the book the late Professor Bennigsen and his colleagues describe how the Soviets, particularly in the Brezhnev period, used their "establishment" Muslims (through visits, conferences, etc.) to further their objectives in the Muslim world. In the second part Paul Henze furnishes brief and pithy assessments, not neglecting unconventional operations, of Soviet success and failure in several Islamic regions: the Nile valley, the Horn of Africa, the Arabian peninsula. The accent is on success.