Islamist resistance in the North Caucasus: An attempt to understand Cover Image

Islamistický odboj na severním Kavkaze: Pokus o porozumění
Islamist resistance in the North Caucasus: An attempt to understand

Author(s): Emil Souleimanov
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Katedra politológie - Univerzita sv. Cyrila a Metoda v Trnave
Keywords: Chechnya; Dagestan; Ingushetia; North Caucasus; Russia; Islamism; Salafism; insurgency; counterinsurgency; separatism; extremism; jihadism

Summary/Abstract: This article will attempt to reveal the specific features of the social environment that generate the diversionary and terrorist activity of the North Caucasian insurgency, in general, and of the Caucasus Emirate, in particular. It identifies Islam in its militant (jihadi) interpretation and ethnonationalist separatism as the ideological wellsprings of the resistance movement. The holdover of archaic forms of social organization that emphasize the custom of blood feud as an effective means of social mobilization ensures a constant influx of new recruits to the expanding resistance movement, a process that has persisted in spite of the enormous material advantages of the Russian state. This article is, furthermore, concerned with mapping out the historical background of the origins of this organization, as well as its structure, ideology and methods.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 107-123
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Czech