Caucasus: A Journey to the Land between Christianity and Islam

Caucasus A Journey to the Land between Christianity and Islam A rugged land between the Black and Caspian seas the Caucasus is a battle ground for a fascinating and formidable clash of cultures Russia on one side the predominantly Muslim mountains on the other

  • Title: Caucasus: A Journey to the Land between Christianity and Islam
  • Author: Nicholas Griffin
  • ISBN: 9780226308593
  • Page: 389
  • Format: Paperback
  • A rugged land between the Black and Caspian seas, the Caucasus is a battle ground for a fascinating and formidable clash of cultures Russia on one side, the predominantly Muslim mountains on the other In Caucasus, award winning author Nicholas Griffin recounts his journey to this war torn region to explore the roots of today s conflict, centering his travelogue on Imam SA rugged land between the Black and Caspian seas, the Caucasus is a battle ground for a fascinating and formidable clash of cultures Russia on one side, the predominantly Muslim mountains on the other In Caucasus, award winning author Nicholas Griffin recounts his journey to this war torn region to explore the roots of today s conflict, centering his travelogue on Imam Shamil, the great nineteenth century Muslim warrior who commanded a quarter century resistance against invading Russian forces.Delving deep into the Caucasus, Griffin transcends the headlines trumpeting Chechen insurgency to give the land and its conflicts dimension evoking the weather, terrain, and geography alongside national traditions, religious affiliations, and personal legends as barriers to peaceful co existence In focusing his tale on Shamil while retracing his steps, Griffin compellingly demonstrates the way history repeats itself.

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    1. I learned a lot about Chechnya and Imam Shamil but had to wade through quite a lot of self-indulgence and cultural inaccuracy to do it.

    2. Dazedly Seeking ShamilOK, so Nicholas Griffin's got a knack for writing. You can't fault him on his skills: he vividly traces the life of the famous (to some) Caucasus mountain warrior leader, Shamil, who held off the Russians for over three decades in the nineteenth century. He weaves in the lives of various Russians and others (including a French woman captive) who knew him or had to deal with him, shows how the Russians consistently misjudged their ability to capture or kill him and bring the [...]

    3. A read again inspired by Ali and Nino. It's a good travelogue cum history lesson, centered on the character of Shamil, Imam, revolutionary. It does a nice job of capturing life in the road in an unstable region and weaving in history and current events. I wish the author had delved deeper into the history that made Shamil the man of his moment, instead of offhandedly rattling off the empires that have swallowed the region for a few thousand years, but he does a nice job of tying events of the mi [...]

    4. Causasus provides insight to an important but rarely visited part of Europe: the mountain region between the Caspian and Black seas. While it is part travelogue, the story of four very different men as they share cars, houses and hotels on this trip, most of the book comprises a synthesis of literary and historical references to the region strung over a framework comprising the life of a particular terrorist/freedom fighter/brigand who resisted the incursion of the Russian empire in the 1800s. B [...]

    5. Despite a syntactical and paragraph-structuring malaise that occurs throughout the book, this is an entirely engrossing read. I mean, I put up a map of the Caucasus over our wall so I could follow along. I took notes. But really, it's a popular travelogue over the region, occurring in 1999 (just as the Chechen War is rearing once again), of a party of Westerners (plus one crazy Uzbek Jew) tracing the steps of Imam Shamil. Shamil is a now-mythic Daghestani mountaineer who declared holy war on Rus [...]

    6. I found this book to be a good overview of the history of the Caucasus as a whole. He covers the early periods, the Russian conquest, and has a few chapters on the post-Soviet situations. It is a good introduction to the topic, and I especially appreciate that he doesn't devote too much time to the whole Shamil story (which some books tend to overdo).I found the chapter called "The Imaginary Caucasus" interesting. He examines the whole mythology of the Caucasus in Russian and world culture. Thes [...]

    7. Both a travel book and history of the war between the Muslim mountain people and the Russians – not today, but one hundred and fifty years ago, showing that nothing has been learned, and nothing has changed. Will serve to illuminate the threat that faces our world today – not simply Islamic fanaticism, but also the futility of trying to force an alien culture and worldview upon people who will die for their own.

    8. This is a fast-paced travelogue about modern day Caucasus that incorporates a lot of history without dragging down the narrative--he ties it all into the present. The book will show you why this part of the world is so important.

    9. unfortunately too short a history of the caucasus and long part on shamil, the "modern" freedom fighter and benchmark for chechnyan bravery and fortitude, if not sense.

    10. Really great travelogue/history in a region not well documented. easy prose, but difficult topic to read. I'd say this is a great way to start understanding the Caucasus and the turmoil therein.

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