Born in St. Petersburg, the son of Count Bennigsen, a colonel of the Horse Guards who fought on the side of the Whites during the Russian Civil War, he was taken out of Russia by his parents in After two years in newly independent Estonia, his family settled in Paris in , where young Bennigsen received his education. Bennigsen subsequently entered the prestigious cavalry school at Saumur, fought the Germans as an officer in the French army during World War II and, after the fall of France, became a captain in the resistance movement. From the mids Bennigsen was at the 6th section of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and was later named to the chair of history of non-Arab Islam. He finally concentrated on the archives at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, where he studied documents dealing with the Crimean, Kazan, and Astrakhan Tatars, and with peoples of the Caucasus and Central Asia.
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Serge A. Zenkovsky, Islam in the Soviet union. With an introduction by Geoffrey E. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.
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Bennigsen was born in St Petersburg in After the Bolshevik Revolution , his family left Russia for Estonia in and settled in Paris in , where he studied at the Ecole des Langues Orientales. Bennigsen also taught at various American universities, including the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Bennigsen believed that the Muslims of the Soviet Union effectively resisted Sovietization, maintaining a distinctive identity within the Union.