Islam and Political Legitimacy

Scholarly book chapters
Shahram Akbarzadeh, Abdullah Saeed
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘The Islamic Dilemma in Uzbekistan’, in Shahram Akbarzadeh and Abdullah Saeed (eds), Islam and Political Legitimacy (New York: RoutledgeCurzon Press, 2003). pp. 88-101.
Publication year: 2003

Akbarzadeh and Saeed explore one of the most challenging issues facing the Muslim world: the Islamisation of political power. They present a comparative analysis of Muslim societies in West, South, Central and South East Asia and highlight the immediacy of the challenge for the political leadership in those societies. Islam and Political Legitimacy contends that the growing reliance on Islamic symbolism across the Muslim world, even in states that have had a strained relationship with Islam, has contributed to the evolution of Islam as a social and cultural factor to an entrenched political force. The geographic breadth of this book offers readers a nuanced appraisal of political Islam that transcends parochial eccentricities. Contributors to this volume examine the evolving relationship between Islam and political power in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan.

Researchers and students of political Islam and radicalism in the Muslim world will find Islam and Political Legitimacy of special interest. This is a welcome addition to the rich literature on the politics of the contemporary Muslim world.

Islam and Politics

Scholarly book chapters
Shahram Akbarzadeh and Abdullah Saeed: ‘Islam and Politics’, in Shahram Akbarzadeh and Abdullah Saeed (eds), Islam and Political Legitimacy (New York: RoutledgeCurzon Press, 2003). pp. 1-13.
Publication year: 2003

Islam and political legitimacy

Edited research books
Shahram Akbarzadeh and Abdullah Saeed, (eds.)
Akbarzadeh, Shahram, and Abdullah Saeed, eds. Islam and political legitimacy. Routledge, 2003.
Publication year: 2003

Akbarzadeh and Saeed explore one of the most challenging issues facing the Muslim world: the Islamisation of political power. They present a comparative analysis of Muslim societies in West, South, Central and South East Asia and highlight the immediacy of the challenge for the political leadership in those societies. Islam and Political Legitimacy contends that the growing reliance on Islamic symbolism across the Muslim world, even in states that have had a strained relationship with Islam, has contributed to the evolution of Islam as a social and cultural factor to an entrenched political force. The geographic breadth of this book offers readers a nuanced appraisal of political Islam that transcends parochial eccentricities. Contributors to this volume examine the evolving relationship between Islam and political power in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan.

Researchers and students of political Islam and radicalism in the Muslim world will find Islam and Political Legitimacy of special interest. This is a welcome addition to the rich literature on the politics of the contemporary Muslim world.

India and Pakistan's geostrategic rivalry in Central Asia

Refereed Journal articles
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘India and Pakistan look to Central Asia,’ Contemporary South Asia, Vol. 12, No. 2 (June 2003). pp. 219-228.
Publication year: 2003

Pakistan has suffered a serious blow to its regional aspirations since the toppling of the Taliban in Afghanistan. In contrast, its South Asian rival India is finding Afghanistan and its northern neighbours welcoming a larger role. Despite its late entry into the region, India appears to be set to make significant gains at Pakistan’s expense. The India–Pakistan rivalry in Central Asia is concentrated on that region’s vast energy reserves, its geo-strategic importance in relation to Russia and China, and its potential role in the Kashmir dispute. The Indian government has woken up to the role that Central Asia can play in advancing New Delhi’s regional ambitions, and the post-Taliban geo-strategic conditions favour its agenda.

Historical Dictionary of Tajikistan

Scholarly books
Shahram Akbarzadeh and Kamoludin Abdullaev
Akbarzadeh, S.,Abdullaev, K (2002).Historical Dictionary of Tajikistan. United States: Scarecrow Press.
Publication year: 2002

The emergence of the independent Republic of Tajikistan (Jumhurii Tojikiston) was one of the most painful state building attempts in post-Soviet history. Since 1990, this country has experienced a rise in political activism, freedom of speech, sharp political debates, collapse of state institutions, civic disorder, civil war, an internationally led peace process, return of exiled opposition and their militias, and redistribution of power. As of 2009, Tajikistan continues its gradual shift from the fragile, postwar recovery period towards a more stable, peaceful, conventional and transparent political order and an era of steady economic development. The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Tajikistan examines this country through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over 600 cross-referenced dictionary entries on important persons, places, events, and institutions, as well as significant political, economic, social, and cultural aspects. It is an extremely useful aid in understanding the current situation in Tajikistan.

Unity or Fragmentation?

Scholarly book chapters
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘Unity or Fragmentation?’, in Abdullah Saeed and Shahram Akbarzadeh (eds), Muslim Communities in Australia (Sydney: UNSWPress, 2001). pp. 228-234.
Publication year: 2001

Searching for identity: Muslims in Australia

Scholarly book chapters
Shahram Akbarzadeh and Abdullah Saeed: ‘Searching for identity: Muslims in Australia’, in Abdullah Saeed and Shahram Akbarzadeh (eds), Muslim Communities in Australia (UNSWPress, 2001). pp. 1-11.
Publication year: 2001

This book brings together the foremost scholars of Islam and Muslim politics in Australia to consider the relationship between Australian politics and society and Muslim Communities in Australia. – The book responds to such questions as: – Is there a Muslim community in Australia? – How do national differences affect the assumed ‘Muslim community’? – How do Muslim residents in Australia identify themselves? – How has the experience of migration affected their sense of identity? – Does the establishment of Islamic schooling and finance amount to the separation of Muslims from the mainstream of Australian society? – How has the Australian mainstream media portrayed Muslims in Australia and how has this portrayal changed over the last 30 years? – By addressing such critical issues, the book will present a well-rounded picture of the Muslim experience in Australia and highlight key issues of concern for the Muslim community.

Political Islam in Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan

Refereed Journal articles
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘Political Islam in Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan,’ Central Asian Survey, Vol. 20, No. 4 (2001). pp. 449-463.
Publication year: 2001

Muslim Communities in Australia

Edited research books
Abdullah Saeed and Shahram Akbarzadeh
Akbarzadeh, Shahram, and Abdullah Saeed, eds. Muslim communities in Australia. UNSW Press, 2001.
Publication year: 2001

This book brings together the foremost scholars of Islam and Muslim politics in Australia to consider the relationship between Australian politics and society and Muslim Communities in Australia. – The book responds to such questions as: – Is there a Muslim community in Australia? – How do national differences affect the assumed ‘Muslim community’? – How do Muslim residents in Australia identify themselves? – How has the experience of migration affected their sense of identity? – Does the establishment of Islamic schooling and finance amount to the separation of Muslims from the mainstream of Australian society? – How has the Australian mainstream media portrayed Muslims in Australia and how has this portrayal changed over the last 30 years? – By addressing such critical issues, the book will present a well-rounded picture of the Muslim experience in Australia and highlight key issues of concern for the Muslim community.

The Soviet Union: Collapse of the USSR and Formation of Independent Republics, History Behind the Headlines

Scholarly book chapters
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘The Soviet Union: Collapse of the USSR and Formation of Independent Republics,’ History Behind the Headlines (Michigan: The Gale Group, 2000). pp. 252-65.
Publication year: 2000

Reformism in the Bukharan Khanate

Scholarly book chapters
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘Reformism in the Bukharan Khanate’, in David Christian and Craig Benjamin (eds), World of the Silk Roads: Ancient and Modern (Belgium: Brepols, 1998). pp. 165-180. Reprinted in 2000.
Publication year: 2000

Uzbekistan looks West

Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘Uzbekistan looks West,’ Russian and Euro-Asian Bulletin, Vol. 8, No. 4 (April 1999). pp. 1-8.
Publication year: 1999

National identity and political legitimacy in Turkmenistan

Refereed Journal articles
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘National identity and political legitimacy in Turkmenistan,’ Nationalities Papers, Vol. 27, No. 2 (1999). pp.271-290.
Publication year: 1999

How the elite survives in Uzbekistan

Refereed Journal articles
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘How the elite survives in Uzbekistan,’ Political Expressions, Vol. 2, No. 1 (1998). pp. 31-45.
Publication year: 1998

The political shape of Central Asia

Refereed Journal articles
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘The political shape of Central Asia’, Central Asian Survey, Vol. 16, No. 4 (1997). pp. 517-42.
Publication year: 1997

Islamic clerical establishment in Central Asia

Refereed Journal articles
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘Islamic clerical establishment in Central Asia,’ South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Vol. 20, No. 2 (December 1997). pp. 73-102.
Publication year: 1997

Islam, Culture and Nationalism: The Post-Soviet experience of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan

Scholarly book chapters
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘Islam, Culture and Nationalism: The Post-Soviet experience of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan’, in William Logan and Paul White (eds), Remaking the Middle East, (Virginia: Berg Publishers, 1997). pp. 153-73.
Publication year: 1997

A note on shifting identities in the Ferghana valley

Refereed Journal articles
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘A note on shifting identities in the Ferghana Valley’, Central Asian Survey, Vol. 16, No. 1 (1997). pp. 65-8.
Publication year: 1997

Why Did Nationalism Fail in Tajikistan?

Refereed Journal articles
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘Why did nationalism fail in Tajikistan?,’ Europe-Asia Studies formerly Soviet Studies, Vol. 48, No. 7 (November 1996). pp. 1105-29.
Publication year: 1996

Nation-building in Uzbekistan

Refereed Journal articles
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘Nation-building in Uzbekistan,’ Central Asian Survey, Vol.15, No.1 (1996). pp. 23-32.
Publication year: 1996

Tajikistan: Striving for unity over regional and ethnic division

Refereed Journal articles
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘Tajikistan: Striving for unity over regional and ethnic division,’ Transition, Vol. 1, No. 8 (26 May 1995). pp.53-6.
Publication year: 1995

Narrative of independence in Central Asia. A case study: Turkmenistan

Refereed Journal articles
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘Narrative of independence in Central Asia. A case study: Turkmenistan,’ Journal of Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 2, No. 2 (1995). pp. 91-100.
Publication year: 1995