Russia and Its Islamic World


TIME: 13:00-14:00, 26th October 2017

VENUE:  The Henry Jackson Society, Millbank Tower
21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP


Robert Service
Author of Russia and Its Islamic World,
Academic and Historian

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Russia has had a long and difficult relationship with Islam.  In Russia and Its Islamic World, Robert Service discusses this relationship within its borders and across the world, from the thirteenth century to the present. Service maps Russia’s complex and sometimes contradictory interactions with its Muslims, nearby Muslim states, and the Middle East. In doing so, he explores centuries of Russian territorial expansion and occupation, Muslim jihad, the Soviet assault on Islam, the fall of the Soviet Union, and Russia’s current bid to re-establish itself as a world power. Service shows that Russia’s treatment of its Muslim citizens is inextricably linked to its dealings with neighbouring Muslim states and deeply engages with the attitudes and policies of key leaders, including Stalin, Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and Putin.

The Henry Jackson Society are delighted to invite you to an event with Robert Service, author of Russia and Its Islamic World. Robert Service will illuminate the often misunderstood relationship between Russia and Islam by analysing centuries of political, religious, and military history, with an emphasis on the years of the Soviet Union and Russia’s current efforts to re-assert itself as a great power, from Crimea to Syria.

N.B. copies of Russia and Its Islamic World, will be available to buy on the day for the special price of £15. Please note we do not accept card payments.

Robert Service

Robert Service is a noted Russian historian and political commentator. Service is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford. In 2009 Service was awarded the Duff Cooper Prize for his biography Trotsky. Service holds an MA in modern languages from the University of Cambridge and an MA and a PhD in government from the University of Essex.


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