chapter  4
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Writing on Islam: the 1950s

The early debates on Central Asia’s colonial status all but ignored religious issues. Hostler says little about Islam except to link it to pan-Turkic sentiment:

The unusual character of nationalist trends in Russia is reflected in their strong mutual interdependence. They have blended into an amalgam of pan-Islamic, national-Turkish and pan-Turkish movements. This fusing of Turkism and Islam in Russia is profound and natural, and is based on the palpable fact that the Russian Muslims are 90% Turks, and more than 90% of the Turks of Russia are Muslims.1