Geopolitics of Shiism in Central Asia

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Author: Shuaib Bahman

Publication Date: 2014, Specialized Library of History of Islam and Iran, Tehran
Paperback: 213 Pages
Publisher: Andisheh Sazan-e Nour Research Institute
Language: Persian
ISBN: 978-600-5437-80-5

Book Description

The book reviews the historical course of the emergence and spread of Shiism in Central Asia with special focus on the situation of Shias in this region subsequent to the collapse of the former Soviet Union. Other topics covered by this book include geopolitical coordinates of Shias in Central Asia and position of Central Asian Shias in the overall geopolitics of Shiism.

Although the followers of Shiism form a demographic and religious minority in Central Asia, they enjoy interesting features, which set them apart from Shias in other regions of the world.

The present book studies the geopolitical situation of Shias in Central Asia. The main goal of the present study is to give a clear answer to this question: What is the position of Central Asian Shias in the overall geopolitics of Shiism?

To answer this, the present study assumes that due to their small population, geographical dispersion, and being under pressure from governments in regional countries as well as radical and extremist groups, Shias in Central Asia lack necessary geopolitical conditions and elements.

The Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Geopolitics, religion and Shiism

Chapter 2: Islam and Shiism in Central Asia region

Chapter 3: Sects, population and geography of Shiism in Central Asia

Chapter 4: Situation of Shias in Central Asian countries

Chapter 5: Geopolitics of Shiism and Shias in Central Asia


About the Author

Shuaib Bahman is the Senior Researcher and member of the editorial board, writers' council and Scientific council of Iran and Eurasia Research Center (IRAS).

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