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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.