The Chechens: A Handbook

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Psychology Press, 2005 - History - 320 pages
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This book provides a ready introduction and practical guide to the Chechen people and some little-known and rarely-considered aspects of Chechen culture, including customs and traditions, folklore, arts and architecture, music, and literature. It also narrates Chechen history from ancient times and provides sketches of archaic religions and civilizations. Jaimoukha reveals the esoteric social structure and the peculiar brand of Chechen Sufism, as well as the present political situation in Chechnya.

As the only comprehensive guide available in English, this book is an indispensable and accessible resource for all those with an interest in Chechnya.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
People and land
12
History from the earliest to the end of the eighteenth century AD
23
History from the RussianCaucasian War to the Second World War
40
History from the deportation to the Second Chechen War
58
Politics and current affairs
71
Society
83
Economy
96
Folklore
140
Arts crafts and architecture
159
Music and dance
176
Language and linguistic policy
194
Literature
206
Media and film
218
The diaspora
229
The Vainakh Pantheon
252

Religion and beliefs
106
Customs and traditions
123
Nakh lexicography
258
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Amjad Jaimoukha is a director and senior consultant at the Royal Scientific Society in Jordan. Educated in England, he has written a number of books and articles, including The Circassians, Kabardian-English Dictionary, The Cycles of the Circassian Nart Epic and Circassian Proverbs and Sayings. He is also a member of the Central Eurasian Studies Society at Harvard University.

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