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Transforming Tajikistan: State-Building and Islam in Post-Soviet Central Asia

Author:
Thibault, Helene

ISBN:
978 1 78453 921 4
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
288
List price(s):
99.00 USD
62.00 GBP

Publication date:
30 November 2017

Short description: 

Tajikistan is a key state in Central Asia, and will become crucial to the regional power balance as it transitions away from Soviet government systems and responds to the rise of Chinese financial power alongside the continuing presence of Russian military might.

Full description: 

Tajikistan is a key state in Central Asia, and will become crucial to the regional power balance as it transitions away from Soviet government systems and responds to the rise of Chinese financial power alongside the continuing presence of Russian military might. This book demonstrates how Soviet structures in Tajikistan have been transformed into state structures, and how national identities are formed. Helene Thibault focuses on the differences between secular nationhood in Tajikistan, and an increasingly popular and influential `born-again' Muslim identity. Featuring extensive and original primary-source material, including 12 months of ethnographic fieldwork, Thibault demonstrates the profound and lasting influence of Soviet power structures and attitudes, and how secular and religious identities clash when building a new state in the region.

Biography: 

Helene Thibault is Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Montreal. She has also worked for the OSCE as a researcher and as an election observer in Tajikistan.

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