Leading Western, Russian and Central Asian scholars examine here the domestic and international dynamics of Muslim Central Asia and the Caucasus. They address the two circumstances that continue to affect the Muslim states of the former Soviet Union: the enduring impact of the Soviet experience on ethno-social and political life, and the prospects for the recovery of their own identities now that the Soviet system has collapsed. The authors of these essays suggest that the symbiosis of these two forces will continue to characterise political and social developments in Central Asia and the Caucasus for years to come.
The Emerging Muslim States of Central Asia and the Caucasus, Mohiaddin Mesbahi. Part 1 Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus - Ethnicity and Islam: The Ethnohistorical Dynamics of Muslim Societies Within Russia and the CIS, Sergei A. Panarin; The Emerging Central Asia - Ethnic and Religious Factions, Eden Naby; Muslim Central Asia - Soviet Development Legacies and Future Challenges, M. Nazif Shahrani. Part 2 The New Muslim States - The North Caucasus and Azerbaijan: The ""Internal"" Muslim Factor in the Politics of Russia - Tatarstan and the North Caucasus, Marie Bennigsen Broxup; Azerbaijan, Yuri N. Zinin and Alexei V. Maleshenko. Part 3 The New Muslim States - Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Martha Brill Olcott; Uzbekistan, Zahid I. Munavvarov; Kyrgyzstan, Alexander O. Filonyk; Tadjikistan, Aziz Niyazi; Turkmenistan, Andrei G. Nedvetsky. Part 4 Russia and the Former Soviet South - The New Geopolitics: The Disintegration of the Soviet Eurasian Empire - an Ongoing Debate, Milan L. Hauner; Great Power Ideology and the Muslim Nations of the CIS, Arthur Sagdeev; Central Asia and the Middle East - the Emerging Links, Anthony Hyman; Russia and the Geopolitics of the Muslim South, Mohiaddin Mesbahi.