By H. Malik

It is a collective endeavour to focus on the function of Islam within the rising development of family among Russia and the USA. It highlights quite the function that the 2 self sufficient republics in the Russian Federation - Tatarstan and Bashkortostan - play in Eurasia. a few analysts have defined them because the delicate underbelly of the Russian Federation. destiny tendencies also are indicated, which delineate the dilemmas of the Russian nation for its territorial integrity and nationwide self-determination of Tatarstan and Bashkortostan in the Russian Federation. This e-book additionally analyses Russian-US family members with Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. those states certainly play, in response to those analyses, a vital position in Eurasia, and in addition compete opposed to one another.

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The US obviously seeks to discourage the spread of Islamist ideology in the region’. This US concern, he believes, is shared by Russia, specifically: ‘the potential anti-Russian character of political Islam in the Muslim republics of the former Soviet Union due to the long-term Russian oppression of Islam as a religion; the potential ability of political Islam to stir up negative or separatist views among those Muslims still living inside the Russian Federation such as Tatars, Bashkorts and the Muslims of the northern Caucasus; the ability of foreign Muslim states such as Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to use Islam to increase their own political, cultural and economic influence in the former republics at Russian expense’.

Tatarstan’s relations with Russia: the quest for autonomy and cultural renaissance Tatarstan is the heartland of Islam in the Russian Federation. In Chapters 9–12 four specialists – Hafeez Malik, M. G. Galeyev, M. H. Khasanov and Engel Tagirov – explore the dynamics of Tatarstan’s politics since December 1991. Malik (Chapter 9) analyses the Russia–Tatarstan treaty of February 1994. Tatarstan was seeking independence, but compromised with 18 Introduction Russia and accepted autonomy as a first step towards its goal.

In the Soviet Union, he concedes, Islam was oppressed in the interest of creating ‘an abstract homo sovieticus’. Official atheism remained an obstacle against the Soviet Union using Islam in the interests of foreign policy – but Arab socialism was supported. It may be pointed out, however, that from the 1970s to December 1991 the Soviet Union stepped up the exchange of Islamic delegates between the Central Asian republics and the Islamic states. Presumably these exchanges served the Soviet Union’s foreign policy interests.

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