The Muslim Uprising in Ajara and the Stalinist Revolution in the Periphery

Blauvelt, Timothy and Khatiashvili, Giorgi (2016) The Muslim Uprising in Ajara and the Stalinist Revolution in the Periphery. Nationalities Papers. ISSN 0090-5992

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In 1929, local officials in the mountainous region of upper Ajara in the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR) pursued aggressive policies to force women to remove their veils and to close religious schools, provoking the Muslim peasant population to rebellion in one of the largest and most violent of such incidents in Soviet history. The central authorities in Moscow authorized the use of Red Army troops to suppress the uprising, but they also reversed the local initiatives and offered the peasants concessions. Based on Party and secret police files from the Georgian archives in Tbilisi and Batumi, this article will explore the ways in which local cadres interpreted regime policies in this Muslim region of Georgia, and the interaction of the center and periphery in dealing with national identity, Islam, gender, and everyday life in the early Soviet period.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
D History General and Old World > DI Georgian History
Divisions: Institutes > Institute for Modernity Studies
Depositing User: Dr. Timothy Blauvelt
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2016 07:46
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2016 07:46

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