Islam in Russia: The Politics of Identity and Security

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This richly detailed study traces the shared history of Russia and Islam in expanding compass - from the Tatar civilization within the Russian heartland, to the conquered territories of the Caucasus and Central Asia, to the larger geopolitical and security context of contemporary Russia on the civilizational divide. The study's distinctive analytical drive stresses political and geopolitical relationships over time and into the very complicated present. Rich with insight, the book is also an incomparable source of factual information about Russia's Muslim populations, religious institutions, political organizations, and ideological movements.

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SHIREEN T. HUNTER is Director of the Islam Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Her areas of expertise include the Middle East--especially the Persian Gulf region--and Islam--particularly in Russia, Europe, and the United States. She is the author of The Future of Islam and the West: Clash of Civilizations or Peaceful Coexistence? (CSIS/Praeger, 1998) and editor of Islam: Europe's Second Religion (Praeger, 2002).

Thomas is currently a consultant to the Center for the Study of Presidency. Prior to that, he was a research associate with the Russia and Eurasia Program and the Islam Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Melikishvili is a research associate at the Center for Non-Proliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he was a research assistant with the Islam Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.