ДОЛГ И ЛОЯЛЬНОСТЬ СРЕДНЕАЗИАТСКИХ МУЛЛ В МИГРАЦИИ
The article examines the social topography and configuration of the Muslim space of a Russian city.
It focuses on the position, religious practices, and worldviews of Central Asian mullahs who participate
actively in the religious life of local communities, conduct various rituals, and provide counsel or guidance
to fellow believers. These figures are individuals that migrated from Central Asia, call themselves
mullahs, possess significant social capital, and in fact play a considerable part in shaping the everyday
religious experience of their fellow believers, often their countrymen, as well as in establishing and
maintaining the local Muslim space, even though they are not legally appointed muftis, nor do they
hold official positions at a city mosque. I attempt to explore what kinds of relationships and rapports
these mullahs build with or vis-.-vis local imams, their countrymen, and the Muslim milieu in general.
I pay particular attention both to the religious experience and the experience of migration in biographical
stories of my informants, trying to understand their reflexivity, striving for self-improvement,
and the way they comprehend their duty toward the God and other believers.