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Soviet and Muslim: The Institutionalization of Islam in Central Asia, 1943-1991

Eren Tasar


Long associated with its aggressive promotion of atheism, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union adopted a nuanced, flexible, and often contradictory approach toward Islam in the USSR’s largest Muslim region, Central Asia. “Soviet and Muslim” demonstrates how the Soviet state unwittingly set in motion a process of institutionalization during World War II that culminated in a permanent space for Islam in a society ruled by atheists. Central Asia was the sole Muslim region of the former Russian empire to lack a centralized Islamic organization, or muftiate. When the Soviet leader Stalin created ... More

Keywords: atheism, Central Asia, Communist Party, institutionalization, Islam, pilgrimage, shrines, Soviet Union, muftiate, Muslims

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190652104
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190652104.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eren Tasar, author
Assistant Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill