Chechnya: Kadyrov Uses ‘Folk Islam’ for Political Gain

Since his appointment as pro-Moscow Chechen Republic head in early March, Ramzan Kadyrov has energetically promulgated a revival of Chechen popular or “folk” Islam. Some observers see that campaign as a bid to pit the Chechen strain of Sufism against the Salafi Islam espoused by the North Caucasus resistance. The Russian authorities routinely denigrate Salafi Islam as “Wahhabism,” a term that is routinely applied to any Muslims whose political loyalties are considered suspect. Full Story

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