Where Islamism Fizzled
A brief Islamic rebirth occurred in the republic Daghestan in 1991, but it may have been doomed from the start by seven decades of Soviet rule.
The source: “The ‘Islamic Revival’ in Daghestan Twenty Years Later” by Vladimir Bobrovnikov, in Central Asia and the Caucasus, No. 2, 2007.
When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the Russian constituent republic of Daghestan experienced a dramatic religious awakening. Islamic schools and mosques opened, new periodicals and political parties sprang up, and ubiquitous portraits of Lenin were ripped down and replaced with...