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Overview Of The Caucasus

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The Caucasus lies between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, borders the Russian Federation, Turkey and Iran, and can be seen as the bridge between Christianity and Islam, between Europe and Asia and is named after the mountain range which runs throughout the territory. This chapter describes political landscape and strategic importance of the region. Max Weber considered clan politics as a "historically com mon form of social organization in the nomadic and seminomadic regions of Eurasia, the Middle East, and parts of Africa". The chapter discusses the political role of clans. One of the most important scientists doing research on the political role of clans in society, more particularly in Central Asia, is Kathleen Collins. To understand how a clan society works, the author looks at Chechnya, where the clan is an important player in the society and its politics.

Keywords: Caucasus; Chechnya; Christianity; clan politics; clan society; Islam



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