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Identity Politics in Central Asia and the Muslim World

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ISBN: 9781860642616
Author(s): Willem Van Schendel
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2001
Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Company
Dimensions: 149 x 223 x 26 (w x l x h)
Pages: 240
Series: Library of International Relations (Numbered)
Series Number: 13

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Nationalism was regarded as a positive force shaping 'modern' societies and states but in Europe it has been overshadowed by the disasters of two world wars. Outside Europe it has continued to enjoy a heyday throughout the 20th century. Covering Turkey, Iran, Abghazia, Uzbekistan, Tajikstan, Afganistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, this study lays bare the counter-forces unleashed by the project of nationalist modernization, and the stimulation of identity politics as the result of ruthless repression of minority languages, culture, traditions and religion - the life-blood of minority ethnicity. This study examines how these policies, which include Islam as the basis of nation-building in, for example, Pakistan and the post-Pahlavi Iran, have strengthened identity politics and the movements for opting out of the nation.

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