Based on sociological surveys conducted in 2000-1 in Maykop and in other cities of the Republic of Adygea, this article written in very approximate, sometimes unintelligible French language insists on the relative weak adhesion to Islam (35% of the respondents) and limited religious observance among the republic’s urban population. At the same time, it evokes over and over again the harmonious neighbourhood of Muslim- and Christian-background components of the population in this North-Western part of the Caucasus. The authors’ key arguments for the untypical level of Islamicisation are the attachment of the population for the ethnic traditions of the Adyghes, and the lack of a powerful Islamic influence from abroad.

The Redaction
CER: II-4.3.C-387