Seminar – 11 November – Viesturs Celmins

November 6th, 2014 by


4.30–6.00 Mond Building Seminar Room

Viesturs Celmins

University of  Cambridge

Allegiance and eligibility: The State and Islam in the Kul Shariff Mosque, Tatarstan


Based on a long term fieldwork, this seminar will explore a range of religious activities carried out in the Kul Shariff mosque, the largest structure of its kind in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. In particular it looks at the way the mosque engages the wider public and proffers a critique of certain forms of the post -Soviet political economy. It suggests that the work of the mosque might be viewed through a complex prism of brokering allegiance between modalities of the regional state discourses while seeking to remain tenable to the local Muslim constituency.

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