January 18, 2018

Migration and Muslim Space in Moscow

by Dmitriy Oparin, Moscow State University


Over the last fifteen years, the ethnic make-up of Moscow’s mosques has undergone significant change, while the number of practicing Muslims has grown manifold. These changes are connected with both the internal migration of people from the North Caucasian Republics (a migration that had already begun in the early 1990s) and the external migration of people from Central Asian states, primarily Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kirghizstan (a mass migration dating from the 2000s). This presentation is dedicated to two phenomena of contemporary Moscow Muslim life, the loud dhikr practiced by Chechens and Ingush; and the religious practices of the Central Asian mullas. This is an attempt to identify some specific features of contemporary Moscow Islam through the analysis of certain practices.

About the speaker:

Dmitriy Oparin. PhD in History, anthropologist. Senior Lecturer at Department of Ethnology, Moscow State University; research fellow, Institute for Social Development Studies, Higher School of Economics. Research focus – ritual space and ritual dynamics in Chukotka, conducts fieldwork in Chukotka and in Western Siberia, author of more than 20 academic papers on history and culture of the indigenous Siberia. For the last four years he conducted fieldwork among the Muslim migrants in Moscow and Western Siberia. Research focus – religious practices, identity, migration.

May 9, 2018

DEBATE: Religion and Human Rights in French Domestic and Foreign Politics
by Valentine Zuber, Professor of Human Rights and Religion at EPHE, Paris and Jean-Christophe Peaucelle, Advisor for Religious Affairs to the French Foreign Ministry and Former Ambassador to Qatar