Ruslan KURBANOV


Ruslan Kurbanov, Ph.D. (Political Science), Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow, the Russian Federation).


REVIVAL OF THE NORTH CAUCASIAN UMMA IN THE LIGHT OF RUSSIAS FOREIGN POLICY FLAWS IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD

ABSTRACT

The author looks at the extremely complicated, numerous, and contradictory aspects of the upsurge in Islamic awakening, the so-called Islamic renaissance, in the Northern Caucasus and offers his opinion of how the North Caucasian Muslims perceive the factor of Islamic globalism.

Keywords: Islamic renaissance, Islamic globalism, Islam in the Northern Caucasus, Islamic community of Russia.

Introduction

Today, most experts dealing with North Caucasian religious and political reality and looking at the invigorating role of the international factor limit themselves to the narrow problem of the money the terrorist international is pouring into the Caucasus to destabilize the situation. The problem caused by the emergence of the North Caucasian Islamic renaissance at the international level is much more complicated and multi-dimensional.

Throughout many centuries, Islam and its local Caucasian interpretations and practices have been unfolding according to their own scenarios, different and sometimes very different from those practiced elsewhere in the Caliphate.

First, the Caucasian Muslims were isolated from the rest of the Muslim world: everything going on in the Caliphate in the social, political, military, cultural, and other spheres sounded like a distant echo in this isolated and hard to access region.

Second, in the Caucasus the interpretations and practices of Islam were greatly affected by the local spiritual and..


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