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Russia and Islam

Title
Russia and Islam: Religion, State and Radicalism
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Dr Roland Dannreuther # University of Westminster; Speaker: Dr Luke March # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
23rd Nov 2009 17:30 -
Location
Room G11 William Robertson Building
URL
http://www.pol.ed.ac.uk/events/other_events/2009_2010/russia_and_islam2
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, both the Russian state and Russia's Muslim communities have struggled to find a new modus vivendi in a rapidly changing domestic and international socio-political context. At the same time as Islamic religious belief and practice have flourished, the state has become increasingly concerned about the security implications of this religious revival, reflecting and responding to a more general international concern over radicalised political Islam. Detailing the research behind their forthcoming book Russia and Islam (Routledge, 2010) the speakers examine how contemporary developments in Russian politics impact on Russia's Muslim communities, how these communities are helping to shape the Russian state, and what insights this provides to the nature and identity of the Russian state both in its inward and outward projection.