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Islam and Ethnicity in Russia: An Introduction

Anthropological Journal of European Cultures. 2018. Vol. 27. No. 1. P. 84-87.
Di Puppo L., Schmoller J.

The essays in this forum discussion examine the question of the relationship between Islam and ethnicity in Russia from the perspective of a variety of everyday Muslim experiences and of social or official discourses about Islam. The forum unravels these complex ways of living and thinking about Islam, in which ethnicity may or may not play a role from pious Muslims forming a ‘halal movement’; Central Asian migrants; Tatar Muslim officials, Islamic clerics from the past and nationalists; Muslims in the eastern and western parts of the North Caucasus and, finally, Shia Muslims, a diverse group composed of autochthones and migrants. At the core of a study of the relation between Islam and ethnicity we find the question of whether these two aspects of identity are distinct or if they can and do merge and even reinforce each other.