Book Muslims in Putin's Russia : discourse on identity, politics, and security / Simona E. Merati.
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Call Number DK34.M8 M47 2017
Media class: Book
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan imprint published by Springer Nature
ISBN: 9783319535197- 3319535196-
Extent: xi, 241 pages ; 22 cm
"This book offers a novel interpretation of Russian contemporary discourse on Islam and its influence on Russian state policies. It shifts the analytical perspective from the discussion about Russia's Islam as a potential security threat to a more comprehensive view of the relationships of Muslims with Russia as a state and a civilization. The work demonstrates how many Muslims increasingly express a sense of belonging to Russia and are increasingly willing to contribute to state building processes." -- Back cover.
Introduction. A note on sources and method -- Muslims in Russia, Muslims of Russia -- The Empire, the Church, and Islam -- Russian Orientalism -- Muslims of Russia and imperial foreign policy -- Soviet Orientalism -- Muslims in post-Soviet Russia -- Narratives of national security and Geopolitics -- Muslims of Russia views of Islam. -- The identity of Muslims of Russia. Geography of identity -- Identity and the religious Renaissance -- Berdyaev and the Russian idea as identity foundation -- Religious components in contemporary conceptualizations of Russia's identity -- Neo-Eurasianism -- Muslims of Russia and nationalism. -- Muslims of Russia communities. The special character of Islam in the Caucasus -- Muslims in an orthodox world -- Critical voices -- The Russkie Musulʼmane Movement. -- Russia's Islamic religious institutions and the state. The Russian Orthodox Church -- Islamic organizations -- Interfaith dialog : institutional relations -- The Russian secular state : contemporary interpretation of Catherine's model -- The functional interpretation of religion and its application in Russia -- The necessity of a governance of religion in Russia -- Conclusion. -- Islam and security in Russia. Islam and security in Russia : conventional interpretations -- Primakov's fundamental differentiation of Islam in Russia -- Wahhabism and Russia's contemporary discourse on Islam -- The (partial) de-securitization of Russia's "traditional Islam" -- Islamic education and Russia's security -- Religious authorities and security threats -- Islam as a counter-ideology to terrorism -- Conclusion. -- Islam, terrorism, and revolution in Russia. Conceptual roots of Russia's vision of terrorism -- State policies and Islamic terrorism -- Russian visions of political Islam -- Political Islam, revolution, and the geopolitical order -- The fear of any revolution -- "All good patriots" : elective affinities of ultra-nationalist and Islamic groups -- Conclusion. -- The role of Islam in
Russia's geopolitical vision. Islam and Russian conceptualizations of geopolitics -- Russia, Islam, and international security -- Islamic terrorism and civilizational dialog -- Russia, Iran, and the (unexpected) ways of the "Islamic factor" -- Muslims of Russia as envoys of the state : the case of Crimea -- Conclusion. -- Conclusion. Suggestions for further research -- When Islam is not a factor -- Final considerations.