Islam in the Soviet Union From the Second World War to Gorbachev
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr
- Publish date: 03/01/2001
In the most detailed historical study of Islam under postwar Soviet communism yet published -- and the first to be based largely on official Soviet archival material available only since the demise of the Soviet Union -- Ro'i surveys all aspects of the Muslim faith that relate to the Soviet domestic scene. In the process, the author illuminates the often uneasy coexistence of government and religion, demonstrating how and why Islam survived in the face of Soviet authority.
Ro'i begins with background on Soviet policy and legislation as they pertained to religion, before moving into investigations of both Establishment Islam -- the spiritual directorates, registered mosques and clergy -- and unofficial "parallel" Islam, which manifested itself in the form of unregistered groups and clergy. The author also considers Islamic practice and the observation of fasts, festivals, and rites of passage. Finally, he turns his attention to the political realm, exploring regime policy as it relates to different religions, as well as the religion's relationship with local organs of government.