Caving Club Publications [USED] The Speleological Yearbook and Diary 1965

[USED] The Speleological Yearbook and Diary 1965

SKU SKU14616
Weight 0.27 kg


Edited by J. K. Dryden, hardback, 120pages, DRC Publishing Company Ltd., 1965.

When the first edition of the Speleological Yearbook and Diary was published last year, speleologists realised that here at last was the reliable and up-to-date reference work that had been needed for years.
This year, you will find that the whole volume has been streamlined and brightened; the smaller type-size used has allowed a larger scope for articles and illustrations. The size of the book itself has not been reduced, as its prime function is that of a yearbook for the desk or library shelf ratherthan a pocket diary.
The major difference with this edition is the larger reference section of caving organisations in Great Britain. Altogether, there are over two-hundred clubs and societies listed, making it probably the most comprehensive reference of its sort to appear in print.
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  • Author: sdf with no on in a position to say exactly what the number is.That makes a portion of a new article by Vasily Ivanov on the spread of radical trends in Islam among ethnic Russians in the Middle Volga especially useful because he addresses this question directly both for the Russian Federation as a whole and for the Middle Volga in particular (’s discussion on the numbers, first presented in October 2013 at an Ufa conference on “Islam and the State in Russia” on the occasion of the 225th anniversary of the establishment of the Orenburg Mohammedan Spiritual Assembly, is worth attending to even if one does not accept all of his conclusions about the amount of radicalism to be found in this group.He begins by acknowledging that “exact data on the number of Russian Muslims are lacking as a result of the fact that the All-Russian census o the population does not allow defining the relationship of the ethnic and religious attachments of the population” and that “existing data are extremely contradictory.”Media reports range from a few thousand to several hundred thousand, with the lower numbers typically offered by the mainstream media and the higher ones by Islamic websites. There are certainly a number of Russian converts to Islam as a result of marriage or conviction, but the real number is clearly somewhere between these high and low figures.The low figures are simply guesses, but the high figures are reached by an analogy that is not without its problems. The 2009 Kazakhstan census which did ask questions about religion and ethnicity found that there were 54,277 ethnic Russian followers of Islam in that Central Asian country, out of a total number of 3,793,764 Russians there.If the same share of ethnic Russians in the Russian Federation were Muslims, that would mean more than a million of the faithful there, but most writers, even on Islamic sites, assume that the figure needs to be adjusted downward because Kazakhstan is a country whose titular nationality is historically Islamic.But there are other reasons not to accept the Kazakhstan figures, Ivanov says. In the course of a scandal about that census, it was discovered that a large portion of the population was counted twice and the figures then had to be adjusted by officials, a change that allowed the introduction of all kinds of distortions including on matters of ethnicity and faith.

    The actual figure for the Russian Federation as a whole probably approaches 10,000, Ivanov suggests, but he notes that “assessing the number of ethnic Russian Muslims in the Middle Volga is much difficult” for a variety of reasons.It is clear that there has been an increase in the number of such people in Russia as a whole and in the Middle Volga in recent years,

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