The failure of Western models of economic relations and governance gave rise to calls for authentic, culturally appropriate alternatives in Central Asia—and the tapping of anti-American themes. In their recruitment efforts, [Islamists used] Soviet-era anti-Americanism as a resource, increasingly presenting images of the United States and its allies in order to depict Islam as inherently peaceful, and the United States and its allies as inherently war-seeking.
Islamism and Anti-Americanism in Central Asia
Edward Schatz is an assistant professor of political science at Southern Illinois University. This essay is adapted from a paper delivered at the August 2002 meeting of the American Political Science Association in Boston.
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Edward Schatz; Islamism and Anti-Americanism in Central Asia. Current History 1 October 2002; 101 (657): 337–343. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2002.101.657.337
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