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Public Lecture – Dr Dominic Rubin

March 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The geo-political factors shaping Russian Muslim identity include the Chechen wars of the 1990s, Russia’s alliance with Syria and Iran, Central Asian migration and the ‘new cold war’ with the West. Focusing on these global mega-trends, some analysts classify Muslim identity as caught between the poles of extremism (support for ISIS) and assertive pro-Kremlin loyalty (exemplified by Chechen president, Ramzan Kadyrov). However, the situation on the ground is more complex. In this talk, Dominic Rubin, author of Russia’s Muslim Heartland: Islam in the Putin era (Hurst 2018), will explore the deeper nuances of Islam in the modern Russian context, showing how a religion whose presence in the region predates Orthodox Christianity is still adapting energetically and originally in ways that defy easy generalizations, and producing new cultural forms that combine elements of the Muslim, Soviet, Russian and Turkic past, while at the same time trying to map these forms onto evolving Russian ‘ideologies’.


March 6
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm