Prof. Konstantin P. Matveev
In its efforts to disseminate authentic knowledge concerning Islam and Muslims BookExtra makes available to the reader, “History of Islam in the North Caucasus” by Professor K.P. Matveev.
Although the former Soviet Union, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States were and still are the homelands
of many Muslim people, this book concentrates on the North Caucasus, a territory which has played a great role in world civilizations and has several distinctive characteristics, not least it is the bridge between Europe and Asia. Many people have crossed this bridge from one side to the other. During those movements, however, the North Caucasus did not lose its own identity. Many people of the Near and the Middle East settled and resettled here bringing the religions, culture, traditions and customs with them. Besides the richness of its resources, the territory is strategically positioned, in that whoever controls the North Caucasus, controls the southern part of European Russia.
The Author, Professor Konstantin P. Matveev, is a Muscovite. Among his credentials is a doctorate in philosophical sciences and a diploma from the Institute of Orientalistics. He has published sixteen books and over two hundred fifty articles in Russian, Arabic and English, many of which are about the history of Muslims in the USSR and Russia. Among his best-known books are Five Lives of Ancient Syria, The Earth of Ancient Mesopotamia, and By the Ancient Paths of the Arabs.