For Putin and for Sharia: Dagestani Muslims and the Islamic State (Paperback)

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For Putin and for Sharia: Dagestani Muslims and the Islamic State By Iwona Kaliszewska, Arthur Barys (Translator) Cover Image
By Iwona Kaliszewska, Arthur Barys (Translator)
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For Putin and for Sharia examines what it means to support sharia in twenty-first-century Dagestan, where calls for an Islamic state coexist with nostalgia for the days of Stalin's rule and Mecca calendars hang alongside portraits of Putin. Confronting existing narratives about sharia, terrorism, and anti-terrorism through ethnographic fieldwork, Iwona Kaliszewska looks at the beliefs and practices of Dagestani Muslims, revealing that the pursuit of sharia can assume a range of forms from sweeping visions of an Islamic state imposed through violence, to minor acts of everyday resistance against injustice, to attempts to restore the security and stability once afforded by the Soviet state. In For Putin and for Sharia, Kaliszewska challenges the official dichotomy of Muslims as supporting either the political underground or state authorities and deconstructs the Salafi/Sufi division between the so-called reformists and traditional Islam.

About the Author

Iwona Kaliszewska is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw. She is the author of numerous publications and is Codirector of The Strongwoman, a documentary about a Dagestani female wrestler.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781501767630
ISBN-10: 1501767631
Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
Publication Date: February 15th, 2023
Pages: 168
Language: English