1st Edition

Islam in Russia The Four Seasons

By Ravil Bukharaev Copyright 2000
    334 Pages
    by Routledge

    354 Pages
    by Routledge

    A fascinating story of spiritual survival. The cultural and national reawakening that has accompanied the resurgence of Islam in Russia has contributed to the revival and renewal of Islamic thought throughout the Muslim world. The author explores how Islam vis-a-vis Russian Orthodox Christianity shaped national, political and cultural developments in the vast region of European Russia and Siberia. This volume thus presents an analysis of the history, development and future prospects for Islam in Russia based on exhaustive research of the primary and secondary sources as well as the author's own personal experience.

    The dawn of glory; Bolgar the great in pre-Islamic times; the delegation from Bagdad; Islam takes root; the Mongol onslaught; enter Moscow, Kazan versus Moscow - Olug Mukhammad and the Moscow princedom; Islam in the Kazan Khanate; international connections and cultural liaisons; the grandeur and fall of one civilization; Moscow as a third Rome; Islam underground - Islam beheaded; new type of non-urban Islamic civilization; forceful Christianization; progress under pressure; Catrine the great, struggle for ideologies - Christian missionaries and Islamic scholars; return of cultural grandeur; strange phenomenon of Islamic extremism; jadidism as a religious and anti-clerical movement; Russian madrasses, arrested development - bolshevist revolution and Islam; effectively banned; called by the state; Islam after Stalin; Perestroika; epilogue - which way to go.


    Ravil Bukharaev

    'It has the same historical quality as those great oral epics "Islam in Russia: The Four Seasons" is a remarkable document: a prose poem, fully historical, that is part tribute and part manifesto for this people without a history. Bukharaev - poet, historian, broadcaster, translator - sees himself as a voice. "Islam in Russia" is a history with a teleology, one that hopes to engender the future of the Tatar nation in its telling.' - The Moscow Times