George Mason University is launching a major new international multidisciplinary scholarly program, the Russian/Soviet Perspectives on Islam Project (RPI). The project, with primary support from the Luce Foundation and the NEH, documents the encounter and evolving relationship between the Orthodox/secular state and the Islamic regions, groups, individuals, and ideologies on the territory of the former Soviet Union and neighboring countries. This set of unique materials illuminates the strategies implemented by the Soviet and Russian state to establish authority and legitimacy among predominantly Muslim populations in Central Asia, the Northern Caucasus and Siberia and to enhance Moscow’s influence internationally with nearby Muslim countries, including Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Turkey. The digital archive is designed to disseminate these documents to the widest possible scholarly community and general readership.
- Frontier Politics and the Sino-Soviet Relations: A Study of Northwestern Xinjiang, 1949-1963
- The Hungry Steppe Famine, Violence, and the Making of Soviet Kazakhstan with author Sarah Cameron (video)
- Russian Integration Initiatives seen from Azerbaijan
- Navigating Turbulent Regional Waters: Politics in Southern Eurasia
- Causes and Consequences of the Dysfunctionalities of the Housing Market in Dushanbe