Caucasus: A Journey to the Land Between Christianity and Islam

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University of Chicago Press, Apr 27, 2004 - History - 240 pages
A rugged land between the Black and Caspian seas, the Caucasus is a battle ground for a fascinating and formidable clash of cultures: Russia on one side, the predominantly Muslim mountains on the other. In Caucasus, award-winning author Nicholas Griffin recounts his journey to this war torn region to explore the roots of today's conflict, centering his travelogue on Imam Shamil, the great nineteenth century Muslim warrior who commanded a quarter-century resistance against invading Russian forces.

Delving deep into the Caucasus, Griffin transcends the headlines trumpeting Chechen insurgency to give the land and its conflicts dimension: evoking the weather, terrain, and geography alongside national traditions, religious affiliations, and personal legends as barriers to peaceful co-existence. In focusing his tale on Shamil while retracing his steps, Griffin compellingly demonstrates the way history repeats itself.
 

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Causasus provides insight to an important but rarely visited part of Europe: the mountain region between the Caspian and Black seas. While it is part travelogue, the story of four very different men ... Read full review

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Located in the mountainous territory bordering Turkey, Russia, and Iran, the multi-ethnic region of the Caucasus, though rich in anthropological, cultural, and linguistic history, has been examined in ... Read full review

Contents

Jagged Land
1
Based in Baku
7
Back in Time
16
Reverberation
19
Living History
26
Born in the Land of Splintered Stars
30
Three Hundred Tongues
39
The First Imam
46
Georgian Nights
106
Hostages of Worth
112
Walking over the Past
122
Guests of the Mountains
126
The Highwire of History
138
Towards Freedom
145
Tours and Travels
157
Driven from the Mountains
161

Heading North
54
The Consolidation of Power
63
Lying in Wait
72
Gambits and Guile
77
Staggered Borders and Soft Lands
91
Titled Characters
97
The Echoes of Blood
176
Into the Black Garden
181
The History of Hostages
195
A Time to Leave
210
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Nicholas Griffin's first novel, Requiem Shark, won the Betty Trask Prize in 2000. He is also the author of The House of Sight and Shadow.

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