Containment of Islamic Insurgency (Teaching module)

This teaching module examines the case of the Basmachi movement as Islamic insurgency and identity-based conflict, and its containment by the government in Central Asia in the 1920s. Using the primary source materials from the RPI collection, students will learn:

  1. What political, economic, and social factors influenced people to join the Basmachi movement;
  2. What economic and social policies were effective in the containment of the mass violence;
  3. How the acceptance of both Soviet laws and the Sharia helped in fighting with the Islamist insurgency.

Included is a description of theoretical concepts, case analysis, and bibliograhy.


by Karina V. Korostelina