Framing Perceptions of Islam and the Islamic Revival in the Post-Soviet Countries

Fuad B. Aliyev


This paper discusses the main directions and trends in framing the perceptions of Islam in the post- Soviet countries engaged in the process of so-called Islamic Revival. It focuses on the Northern Caucasus region of Russia, Azerbaijan and the countries from Central Asia - a geographical area governed by the tension between the local Muslim traditions and the imported Islamism. It argues that Islamic revival in post-Soviet countries is associated either with the revival of local pre-modern traditions and thus with the localization of post-socialist Muslim space, or with the spreading of Islamism, which is absolutely alien for local Muslim traditions and it is introduced from abroad.


Islam, Post-Soviet Countries, Islamic revival, Central Asia, Northern Caucasus, Azerbaijan, radical islamists

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