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By Moshe Gammer

With the zone of the Caucasus with its ongoing, or even deteriorating, trouble and instability and its strategic and monetary significance more and more on the entrance of the world's consciousness, this quantity provides and discusses a few of the complexities and difficulties coming up within the zone equivalent to Islamic terrorists and al-Qaida.

Scholars from assorted disciplines who specialize in the Caucasus learn key subject matters such as:

  • discussions of grass root perceptions
  • the impression of casual strength buildings on ethnic conflicts within the Caucasus
  • Russian guidelines in the direction of Islam and their destabilising impression
  • the impact of Islamic revival at the criminal 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.

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28 V. A. Avksentiev, ‘Etnicheskaia konfliktologiia: kontseptsii i tendentsii razvitiia’, Sotsialnye konflikty: ekspertiza, prognozirovanie, tehhnologii razresheniia, Vypusk 18. Etnicheskaia i regional’naia konflittologiia, Moscow and Stavropol, 2002, p. 28. 18 M. U. Barbashin 29 N. G. Avanesova, ‘Pravovye sposoby preduprezhdeniia i upravlencheskogo vozdeistviia na razvitie etnonatsional’nykh konfliktov’, Sotsial’nye konflikty: ekspertiza, prognozirovanie, tekhnologii razresheniia, Vyp. 18, Etnicheskaia i regional’naia konfliktologiia, Moscow and Stavropol, 2002, p.

33 In politics ethnic elites act as ‘ethnic entrepreneurs’ striving to earn the highest dividends. They skilfully manipulate issues of ethnic identity and status and use them as a ‘trade commodity’ in exchange transactions on the political market. As a result, a group either establishes hierarchical relationships between itself and other groups so as to occupy a superior position, or dehumanizes all outsiders. I analyse ethno-political conflict as a form of interethnic confrontation related to demands to change the political space.

Current discourse on Islam and its dissemination often concentrates on radical Islamism, which is looked upon as a transnational phenomenon challenging and even contradicting other identities. While this perception points rightly to the inherent tensions between radical Islam and other modern ideologies, it results in insufficient attention to both the relationship between Islam and ethnic and national identity8 and the diverse modes of dissemination of Islam. 9 30 C. 10 But what is collective identity, and how is it manifest?

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