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The Growth and Influence of Islam in the Nations of Asia and Central Asia

Islam, one of the world's three great monotheistic faiths, is practiced by more than a fifth of the world's population. In Asia. where the Muslim faith is predominant, religion defines many aspects of life. This series will help North American readers understand the geography, history, politics, economics, and cultures of these important Islamic nations.

12 volumes
2005, 2006
7.5 x 9.5 inches
Azerbaijan
by Gerald Robbins

Hardcover Available
Azerbaijan is located at one of the world's great cultural intersections, where Europe and Asia meet. Despite its small size, Azerbaijan has the potential to be an important country because it controls vast oil reserves beneath the Caspian Sea. Since the country became independent from the Soviet Union in 1991, international oil companies have invested billions in Azerbaijan's economy. So far, however, these investments have not paid off. In addition, Azerbaijan is still trying to recover from a devastating war during the 1990s with neighboring Armenia, in which it lost control over its Nagorno-Karabakh enclave. This book examines the economic and political issues facing Azerbaijan today. It provides up-to-date information about the country's geography and climate, history, society, important cities and communities, and relations with other countries.

Bangladesh
by Doris Valliant

Hardcover Available
In 1971 East Pakistan seceded from its union with West Pakistan, creating the new state of Bangladesh. However, this nation in South Asia faces many problems, including overcrowding and widespread poverty. Large areas of the country flood during the annual rainy season, which makes economic development difficult. In addition, the government of Bangladesh has historically been unstable and corrupt. Yet despite these difficulties, the people of Bangladesh take great pride in their country and hope for a better future. This book examines the economic and political issues facing Bangladesh today. It provides up-to-date information about the country's geography and climate, history, society, important cities and communities, and relations with other countries.

Islamism and Terrorist Groups in Asia
by Michael Radu

Hardcover Available
Many Americans associate Islam-and Islamist terrorism-exclusively with the greater Middle East. Yet the countries with the largest Muslim populations are actually located in Asia, where Islamic extremism is also a significant and growing concern. This volume provides essential background and surveys recent trends. It examines a variety of homegrown Asian terrorist groups, detailing their goals, methods, and links with international organizations such as al-Qaeda. It also outlines the options available to U.S. policymakers and to Asian governments as they attempt to stem the tide of militant Islam.

Kazakhstan
by Jim Corrigan

Hardcover Available
Kazakhstan has remained close to Russia since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. However, the Soviets left a legacy of serious environmental problems, including nuclear and toxic waste, widespread industrial pollution, a shrinking Aral Sea, and an expanding desert. The people of Kazakhstan face other challenges as well. The government is nominally democratic, but elections are widely believed to be rigged in favor of the party in power. While a few people have become extremely wealthy through government corruption, common citizens have seen little material improvement in their lives since independence. This book examines the economic and political issues facing Kazakhstan today. It provides up-to-date information about the country's geography and climate, history, society, important cities and communities, and relations with other countries.

Kyrgyzstan
by Daniel E. Harmon

Hardcover Available
Remote Kyrgyzstan contains some of the most beautiful landscapes in Central Asia, with magnificent mountains rising over lush valleys. This land has a history that dates back thousands of years, yet the nation of Kyrgyzstan is relatively new. For much of the 20th century, the region and its people were part of the Soviet Union, but in 1991 Kyrgyzstan became independent. Since then, Kyrgyzstan has struggled with a variety of economic, political, and social issues-including privatization of state-owned industries, the expansion of democratic freedoms, and ethnic tensions. Although most residents of Kyrgyzstan are Muslims, the government has worked to stop the spread of Islamic extremism and to fight terrorism. This book examines the economic and political issues facing Kyrgyzstan today. It provides up-to-date information about the country's geography and climate, history, society, important cities and communities, and relations with other countries.

Malaysia
by Barbara Aoki Poisson

Hardcover Available
By almost any standard, Malaysia has become one of the most prosperous and successful nations in the Islamic world. The Malaysian economy has grown steadily, thanks to a focus on new technology and manufacturing. Although Malaysia's government is not fully democratic, it permits an increasing degree of public participation. This book examines the economic and political issues facing Malaysia today. It provides up-to-date information about the country's geography and climate, history, society, important cities and communities, and relations with other countries.

Muslims in China
by Sheila Hollian-Elliot

Hardcover Available
Although they constitute a small minority of China's 1.3 billion people, approximately 20 million Muslims live within the borders of the world's most populous country. About 9 million of them belong to the Hui minority, which has largely assimilated into China's dominant Han culture. But some 8 million Chinese Muslims are Uyghurs, members of a Turkic-speaking group who have more in common with peoples in Central Asia than with the Han Chinese. In recent years, nationalism has bubbled up in northwestern China's Xinjiang region, where the Uyghurs are concentrated. This has raised concern among, and provoked a crackdown from, China's Communist government in Beijing. Muslims in China examines this development as well as more general economic, political, and social issues facing China today. It also provides up-to-date information about China's geography, history, society, important cities and communities, and more.

Muslims in India
by Dru Gladney

Hardcover Available
Islam is one of the world's three great monotheistic faiths, and today it is practiced by more than a fifth of the world's population. The region in which most Muslims live, often called the Islamic world, includes more than 50 countries and stretches across three continents. THE GROWTH AND INFLUENCE OF ISLAM IN THE NATIONS OF ASIA AND CENTRAL ASIA series examines the distribution of Muslims in major Asian countries. Books on the predominantly Islamic countries of Asia examine each country's geography, history, importance in the world, politics, economy, people and culture, major communities and cities, and relations with the United States and other countries. Books on China, Russia, and India focus specifically on the minority Muslim populations within these countries, while a volume on the Kurds examines the experiences of this stateless ethnic group.

Muslims in Russia
by Uli Schamiloglu

Hardcover Available
Islam is a dynamic religious, cultural, and political force in Russia today. Muslims make up at least 8.6 percent of Russia's population. Greater numbers of Muslims live in the neighboring territories of the Middle Volga, the Caucasus, and Central Asia, which were once part of the Russian Empire and, later, the Soviet Union. This book explores the history of Islam as a religion and civilization in Russia. It discusses the diverse Muslim ethnic groups of Russia and where they live, the Russian state's policies toward its Muslim citizens, and the political, social, cultural, and economic problems confronting the Muslims of Russia today.

Turkmenistan
by William Mark Habeeb

Hardcover Available
Turkmenistan became independent from the Soviet Union in 1991, and today the country's future is uncertain. Turkmenistan controls large reserves of oil and natural gas, which could be exploited to help the people and develop the nation. However, the country is run as a virtual dictatorship and is situated in a volatile region, so Turkmenistan could also succumb to the disorder and turbulence that surrounds it. While the Turkmen have integrated into their ancient culture many outside influences-most significantly, the Islamic religion-they have remained a distinct people, conscious of their unique identity. This book examines the economic and political issues facing Turkmenistan today. It provides up-to-date information about the country's geography and climate, history, society, important cities and communities, and relations with other countries.




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