By Yaacov Ro'i
This booklet is dedicated to the examine and research of the customers for democracy one of the Muslim ethnicities of the Commonwealth of autonomous States (CIS), either those who have obtained complete independence and people last in the Russian Federation. the 19 Western lecturers and students from the Muslim nations and areas of the CIS who give a contribution to this quantity view the institution of democratic associations during this zone within the context of a large and complicated variety of impacts, chiefly the Russian/Soviet political legacy; local ethnic political tradition and culture; the Islamic religion; and the becoming polarity among Western civilization and the Muslim global.
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39–42. 8. Kh. : istoriia, politika, diplomatiia (Almaty, 1998), pp. 78 and 80. 9. According to Abuseitova, Kazakhstan i Tsentral’naia Aziia, p. 80, their number reached 200,000. By the second decade of the 16th century, the Kazakhs are said to 26 THE DEMOCRATIC TRADITION OF KAZAKHSTAN 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. have numbered one million. Bakhytnur Otarbaeva, ‘A Brief History of the Kazak People’, Nationalities Papers 26 (1993), p. 425. Ethnic groups in the East, including in the Eurasian steppe, lived and developed for centuries without any general appelation.
60–5. The best study of these communities is Mamaikhan Aglarov, Sel’skaia obshchina v Nagornom Dagestane v XVII – nachalo XIX v. (Moscow: Nauka, 1988). For a short description in English, see Anna Zelkina, In Quest for God and Freedom. Sufi Responses to the Russian Advance in the Northern Caucasus (London: C. Hurst, 1999), pp. 14–20. Namely the jama‘at of Tash in Antl-Ratl (literally, ‘the Seven Lands’ — see note 6). For example, ‘Andi and Chirkah (Chirkei). Koysubu with the two villages of Gimrah (Gimry) and ‘Ansal (Untsukul).
Many Kazakh tales and legends highlight the ability to acknowledge defeat, to opt for reconciliation, or to solve conflicts without resort to force, as indications of genuine humanism. In traditional Kazakh society, the khan combined the roles of administrator, judicial arbiter, military leader and employer. He secured people’s allegiance as a result of their personal dependence, based either on kinship or on his charisma, but not on any business partnership or collaboration. This patron-client relationship was also an important factor in formulating a very specific ethic of cooperation.
Democracy and Pluralism in Muslim Eurasia (Cummings Center Series) by Yaacov Ro'i