Is the Soviet Union Islam's Best Friend? Not Exactly
Download Free Electronic Document
|PDF file||0.2 MB||
Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.
Purchase Print Copy
|Add to Cart||Paperback3 pages||$20.00||$16.00 20% Web Discount|
Discusses Moscow's treatment of Soviet Muslims from the Bolshevik revolution to the present. Despite recent Soviet efforts to characterize Moscow as Islam's only true friend, Soviet history reveals an uninterrupted tradition of persecution and discrimination against the sizable Soviet Muslim population. After reannexing Muslim territories after the Bolshevik revolution, Moscow systematically liquidated the entire Muslim cultural and religious elite. Stalin's special de-nomadization campaign against Central Asians assumed genocidal proportions. Muslim alienation led to mass defection to the Germans in World War II. Anti-Islam activity has intensified since then: Russification pressure and discrimination are widespread. Despite persecution, there are now signs of an "underground" Islamic revival.
This report is part of the RAND Corporation Paper series. The paper was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.
This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit www.rand.org/pubs/permissions.
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.