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The Mountain Jews in Post-Soviet Caucasus: Reconstructing Ethnic Identification and Political Orientation

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Even though the ethnic factor played a significant role in Soviet and post-Soviet politics in the Caucasus and contributed to the rapid transformation of the ethnic organizations into political movements and parties, one ethnic group, the Mountain Jews, stands out as an exception. Unlike other ethnic groups, no community of Mountain Jews in the Caucasus has ever mobilized politically to get official acknowledgment on the basis of its ethic and religious identity. Why? The answer to this question lies in explanation of certain aspects of ethnic identification and political orientation of the Mountain Jews discussed in this paper. The paper concludes that the political culture and historical experience of Mountain Jews delegitimizes the very idea of ethnic mobilization in regional politics regardless of their official status within political regime. The Mountain Jews have never relinquished their national identity and ethno-cultural affiliation with their brethren beyond the Caucasian mountains. Nor have they ever abandoned the Jewish faith.

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3(154)

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The Mountain Jews in Post-Soviet Caucasus: Reconstructing Ethnic Identification and Political Orientation

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Grebennikov, Marat The Mountain Jews in Post-Soviet Caucasus: Reconstructing Ethnic Identification and Political Orientation. Journal of Political Sciences & Public Affairs. 2015:  http://archive.jpr.org.uk/10.4172/2332-0761.1000154