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Transgressive Sanctity: The Abrek in Chechen Culture
Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History (2007)
  • Rebecca Gould

The ancient tradition of the abrek (bandit) was developed into a political institution during the second half of the nineteenth and early twentieth century by Chechen and other Muslim peoples of the Caucasus as a strategy for dealing with the overwhelming military force of Russia's imperial army. During the Soviet period, the abrek became a locus for oppositional politics and arguably influenced the representations of violence and anti-colonial resistance during the recent Chechen Wars. This article is one of the first works of English-language scholarship to historicize this institution. It also marks the beginning of a book project entitled A Post-Secular Modernity: Sanctifying Transgression in the Caucasus.

  • Chechnya,
  • Islam,
  • Violence,
  • Banditry,
  • Criminality,
  • Colonialism,
  • Post-Soviet,
  • Rebellion,
  • Literature,
  • Law
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Rebecca Gould. "Transgressive Sanctity: The Abrek in Chechen Culture" Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History Vol. 8 Iss. 2 (2007)
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