“Communist Muslims” : The USSR and the people's democratic party of Afghanistan's conversion to Islam, 1978–1988
Journal of cold war studies, 2022, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 4–38.
KLIMENTOV, Vassily A., “Communist Muslims” : The USSR and the people's democratic party of Afghanistan's conversion to Islam, 1978–1988, Journal of cold war studies, 2022, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 4–38. - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/73662
Retrieved from Cadmus, EUI Research Repository
Soviet leaders sent troops into Afghanistan in December 1979 to support a friendly Marxist-Leninist regime in its conflict against a popular insurgency and help it build a new society. When the Soviet troops withdrew nine years later, they left behind a state that had none of the nominal characteristics of a Soviet-type Communist country. During the war, the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan had discarded Marxism-Leninism and turned to Islam. This article examines how, with Moscow's support, the Afghan Communists Islamicized their discourse and policies as they tried to gain support from the population and co-opt insurgent fighters.
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/73662
Full-text via DOI: 10.1162/jcws_a_01055
Publisher: MIT press direct
Files associated with this item
- Klimentov_Communist_Muslims_Re ...
- Full-text in Open Access