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By Moshe Gammer

With the zone of the Caucasus with its ongoing, or even deteriorating, main issue and instability and its strategic and financial value more and more on the entrance of the world's realization, this quantity offers and discusses many of the complexities and difficulties coming up within the sector corresponding to Islamic terrorists and al-Qaida.

Scholars from various disciplines who concentrate on the Caucasus study key subject matters such as:

  • discussions of grass root perceptions
  • the impact of casual energy constructions on ethnic conflicts within the Caucasus
  • Russian rules in the direction of Islam and their destabilising impression
  • the impact of Islamic revival at the felony and social situations
  • nationalism and the revival of pre- and sub-national identities
  • shifts in identification as mirrored in demography
  • reasons for the Chechen victory within the first Chechen war
  • the involvement of Islamic volunteers in Chechnya.

With the location in Chechnia more likely to unfold around the complete North Caucasus, this leading edge paintings can be of serious price within the close to destiny and should curiosity political scientists and local specialists of Russia, vital Asia, Caucasus, center East and Turkey, in addition to NGOs, executive firms and imagine tanks.

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20 I. L. Babich of the Northwestern Caucasus were Muslims. Thus, Azerbaijan, Daghestan, Chechnya and Ingushetia are the most Islamised parts of this region while the peoples of its central and Western parts have been less deeply influenced by it. ) Before Islamisation the peoples of the Northwestern Caucasus used the ‘adat (Ar. ‘ada – customary law) based on oral tradition. The absence of a state and a system of law favoured the lasting preservation of the ‘adat. Islam introduced its own legal system – the shari‘at (Ar.

Ethnic elites are, therefore, considered as actors in the political space the ultimate goal of whom is to achieve the best results at minimum costs. The assumption that a united and controlling Centre is an actor in the political space. In general, it is difficult to speak of a united Centre in the postSoviet period in any of the newly independent states, because in many aspects their elite groups have had a great variety of views. Still, for convenience’s sake we can extract the situational factors and deem the Centre as a cohesive actor holding internally coordinated views in relation to the management of ethnic groups.

The modern Islamic rituals are to a great degree at variance with the Islamic canon and are the subject of disputes among the spiritual leaders. A growth in the people’s religious awareness can be observed all over the Northwestern Caucasus. The motives and reasons of religiosity among the respondents are connected to a wide variety of factors. Some Muslims have deep religious convictions. Some of them observe Islamic rituals as part of a fashionable trend. Most Muslims, however, consider religion as a major part of their ethnic culture.

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