The Abrek in Chechen Folklore

Amirani: Journal of the International Caucasological Research Institute, Vol. 14/15, pp. 37-46, 2006

10 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2011 Last revised: 30 Oct 2011

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Rebecca Gould

Professor, Islamic World & Comparative Literature, College of Arts & Law, University of Birmingham; Harvard University - Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

Discusses the evolution of the Chechen abrek (social bandit) through a folkloric text published in the early decades of the twentieth century. During this period, the abrek combined a Soviet emphasis on Tsarist inequity with a more deeply-rooted sanctification of the lonely hero who was courageous enough to withstand colonial power. The abrek's suffering reveals much about the historiography of Chechen anticolonial resistance. This unique text has not been discussed before in English.

Keywords: folklore, Islam, violence, colonialism, bandit, crime, sanctity, hero

Suggested Citation

Gould, Rebecca Ruth, The Abrek in Chechen Folklore (2006). Amirani: Journal of the International Caucasological Research Institute, Vol. 14/15, pp. 37-46, 2006 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1947888

Rebecca Ruth Gould (Contact Author)

Professor, Islamic World & Comparative Literature, College of Arts & Law, University of Birmingham ( email )

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