Norihiro Naganawa
Articles by Norihiro Naganawa

Insurgents Built In: How Wars Radicalized the Most Integrated Muslims in the Russian Empire

With observers consistently pointing to the social isolation and lack of opportunity Muslim youth often confront, why are European societies reluctant to listen to Muslim citizens who — speaking a shared language of liberalism — ask for equality combined with individual recognition of difference? These questions are very familiar to historians of Muslim regions in the Russian Empire, particularly the oldest and most integrated one within Russia’s body politic: the Volga-Urals region.

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