On the Religious Frontier: Tsarist Russia and Islam in the Caucasus

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I.B.Tauris, 2006 - History - 203 pages
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This book examines the history of Muslim Azerbaijan under Christian Orthodox Russian imperial rule and the attempts of the Russian administrators of the Caucasus to integrate the region into the empire. Firouzeh Mostashari presents the formation of a Russian colonial administration in the Muslim Caucasus; subsequent social, political and economic development and the local response to conquest, military rule and Russification. Central to the study is the concept of a religious and cultural frontier separating Orthodox Russia and Muslim Azerbaijan. On the Religious Frontier offers a fascinating insight into how the seeds of conflict in today's Caucasus were sown during Tsarist Russia.
  

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Contents

The Civilizing Mission and Russian Conquest of the Caucasus
7
Tsarist Colonization Policy and Christianizing the Caucasus
37
The Making of the Caucasian Administration 18401881
49
The Muslim Caucasus and the Great Reforms
65
Tsarist Social Policy and the Muslim Elite
79
Russia and Islam in the Last Decades of Tsarism
93
Conclusion
147
Notes
155
Selected Bibliography 17 5
175
Index
187
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Firouzeh Mostashari is Associate Professor of History at Regis College, Weston, Massachusetts.

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