Islam in the Soviet Union from the Second World War to Gorbachev
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr
- Publish date: 03/01/2001
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.