This book attempts, in very broad terms, to introduce the general public to the question of Muslim-Christian relations in Central Asia. In large brush strokes, it depicts the arrival of Islam in the region, the relations of the Tsarist authorities with the Muslim populations, as well as those with the first Christians to arrive in the first centuries CE, and with the present-day protestant missionaries. The latter even enjoy a separate chapter, which is also the most detailed of the book. The author concludes with a reflection on the ‘Great Game’ in Central Asia, and on the risks of confrontation between Islam and Christian missionaries.

Sébastien Peyrouse, John Hopkins University, Washington, DC
CER: II-4.1.A-323