By Michael Kemper,Stephan Conermann
This publication examines the Russian/Soviet highbrow culture of Oriental and Islamic stories, which comprised a wealthy physique of information specifically on vital Asia and the Caucasus. The Soviet Oriental culture was once deeply associated with politics – most likely much more than different eu ‘Orientalisms’. It breaks new floor through delivering Western and post-Soviet insider perspectives specifically at the positive aspects that set Soviet Oriental reports except what we all know approximately its Western opposite numbers: for instance, the involvement of students in state-supported anti-Islamic agitation; the early and robust integration of ‘Orientals’ into the medical associations; the unfold of Oriental scholarship over the ‘Oriental’ republics of the USSR and its position within the Marxist reinterpretation of the histories of those parts. The authors show the declared emancipating time table of Soviet scholarship, with its rhetoric of anti-colonialism and anti-imperialism, made Oriental stories an impressive device for Soviet overseas coverage in the direction of the Muslim international; and similar to within the West, the Iranian Revolution and the mujahidin resistance to the Soviet career of Afghanistan necessitated an intensive redefinition of Soviet Islamic reports within the early 1980s. total, the booklet offers a comprehensive analysis of Soviet Oriental experiences, exploring varied elements of writing on Islam and Muslim historical past, societies, and literatures. It additionally indicates how the legacy of Soviet Oriental reviews remains to be alive, particularly by way of interpretative frameworks and method; after 1991, Soviet perspectives on Islam have contributed considerably to nation-building within the numerous post-Soviet and Russian ‘Muslim’ republics.