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Bekkin, R. (2020). Connections between Tatars in Petrograd-Leningrad and Finland during the 1920s and 1930s. Studia Orientalia Electronica, 8(2), 56-69
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Connections between Tatars in Petrograd-Leningrad and Finland during the 1920s and 1930s
2020 (English)In: Studia Orientalia Electronica, E-ISSN 2323-5209, Vol. 8, no 2, p. 56-69Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Saint Petersburg served from the end of the nineteenth century as a transit point for Mishär Tatars moving to the Grand Duchy of Finland. At the beginning of the twentieth century, a small community had already formed in Finland, but its members maintained regular contacts with their relatives and connections in the Sergach district (Nizhny Novgorod province), Saint Petersburg and other regions. Contrary to common belief, these ties were not interrupted even after the October Revolution of 1917. Throughout most of the 1920s, Tatars and others crossed the Soviet-Finnish border illegally. Tatars living in independent Finland also sent considerable financial aid to theircontacts in Leningrad with the help of couriers.

The nature of the ties between the Tatar emigrants in Finland and the Tatars of Leningrad can be illustrated by the materials of one criminal case. This case was instituted by the Soviet political police against representatives of the Tatar Muslim community in Leningrad in 1931. Only after several arrests and tightening border control was communication between the Tatars in Finland and Leningrad interrupted. I suggest that the Mishär Tatars in Leningrad and Finland constituted a single social and cultural space until the 1930s, when the connections between them were blocked. The ensuing divide had a large impact on the identity of the Tatars living in Finland, who began developing a separate Finnish Tatar identity just a few years after the termination of contacts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Finnish Oriental Society, 2020
Keywords
Tatars, Islam in the USSR, The Leningrad Cathedral Mosque, Tatars of Finland, Finnish Tatars, OGPU
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-52625 (URN)10.23993/store.82935 (DOI)
Available from: 2023-11-06 Created: 2023-11-06 Last updated: 2023-11-06Bibliographically approved
Bekkin, R. (2020). Leonid Fituni, Irina Abramova: Islam, Global Governance and a New World Order [Review]. Central European Journal of International and Security Studies, 14(3), 92-97
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Leonid Fituni, Irina Abramova: Islam, Global Governance and a New World Order
2020 (English)In: Central European Journal of International and Security Studies, ISSN 1802-548X, E-ISSN 1805-482X, Vol. 14, no 3, p. 92-97Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Metropolitan University Prague, 2020
National Category
Globalisation Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-52734 (URN)10.51870/cejiss.r140302 (DOI)
Available from: 2023-11-20 Created: 2023-11-20 Last updated: 2023-11-20Bibliographically approved
Bekkin, R. (2020). People of reliable loyalty…: Muftiates and the State in Modern Russia. (Doctoral dissertation). Huddinge: Södertörns högskola
Open this publication in new window or tab >>People of reliable loyalty…: Muftiates and the State in Modern Russia
2020 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation presents a full-fledged portrait of the muftiate (spiritual administration of Muslims) in modern Russia. Designed initially for the purpose of controlling religious activity, over time the institution of the muftiate was appropriated by Muslims and became a key factor in preserving national identity for different ethnic groups of Tatars. In modern Russia numerous muftiates play the controversial role of administrative bodies responsible for the enforcement of some aspects of domestic and foreign policy on behalf of the state.

Bekkin’s research focuses on muftiates in the European part of Russia, examining both their historical development and their functioning in the modern context. The analysis draws on academic literature, written and oral texts produced by the ministers of the Islamic religion, and archival sources, as well as numerous interviews with current and former muftis and other Islamic bureaucrats. Following Douglass North’s theory of institutions, the author distinguishes between the muftiate as an institution and the muftiate as a religious organization. In the first case the muftiate encompasses a set of rules (restrictions) that are both formal (reflected in the laws, charters of spiritual administrations of Muslims) and informal (not reflected in the legislation). Individual Islamic religious organizations (muftiates in a narrow sense) function according to these rules. By analyzing both the formal and informal precepts which regulate the status and the activity of spiritual administrations of Muslims in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, and continue to do so in modern Russia, the author makes an attempt to explain the viability of the institution of the muftiate.

Basing himself in the theory of the economics of religion, the author treats Russian muftiates as firms competing in the Islamic segment of the religious market. He applies economic principles in analyzing how the muftiates interact with each other, with other religious organizations in Russia, and with the Russian state. The author provides his own classification of muftiates in Russia, depending on the role they play in the religious market.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2020. p. 406
Series
Södertörn Doctoral Dissertations, ISSN 1652-7399 ; 174
Keywords
Muftiate, spiritual administration of Muslims, mufti, the economics of religion, the institution of the muftiate, Islam in Russia, Islam in the USSR.
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Historical Studies; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40813 (URN)978-91-89109-09-4 (ISBN)978-91-89109-10-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2020-09-11, MA 624 (if necessary via link), Alfred Nobels allé 7, Huddinge, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2020-06-18 Created: 2020-06-04 Last updated: 2023-04-04Bibliographically approved
Bekkin, R. (2018). Merati, Simona E. (2017) Muslims in Putin's Russia. Discourse on Identity, Politics, and Security [Review]. Государство, религия, церковь в России и за рубежом, 36(1), 348-354
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Merati, Simona E. (2017) Muslims in Putin's Russia. Discourse on Identity, Politics, and Security
2018 (Russian)In: Государство, религия, церковь в России и за рубежом, ISSN 2073-7203, Vol. 36, no 1, p. 348-354Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-36752 (URN)10.22394/2073-7203-2018-36-1-348-354 (DOI)000435131900018 ()
Available from: 2018-11-19 Created: 2018-11-19 Last updated: 2018-11-19Bibliographically approved
Bekkin, R. (2018). Книга, в которой чего только нет (рецензия на: Флыгин Ю.С. Знаток Востока: Жизненный путь и научная деятельность академика Василия Владимировича Бартольда. Ташкент: Toron zamin ziyo, 2016. — 80 с.): [An Expert of the Orient: Life Scientific Activities of Academician Vasily Vladimirovich Bartold] [Review]. Государство, религия, церковь в России и за рубежом, 36(2), 364-370
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Книга, в которой чего только нет (рецензия на: Флыгин Ю.С. Знаток Востока: Жизненный путь и научная деятельность академика Василия Владимировича Бартольда. Ташкент: Toron zamin ziyo, 2016. — 80 с.): [An Expert of the Orient: Life Scientific Activities of Academician Vasily Vladimirovich Bartold]
2018 (Russian)In: Государство, религия, церковь в России и за рубежом, ISSN 2073-7203, Vol. 36, no 2, p. 364-370Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-36751 (URN)10.22394/2073-7203-2018-36-2-364-370 (DOI)000441626600017 ()
Available from: 2018-11-19 Created: 2018-11-19 Last updated: 2018-11-19Bibliographically approved
Bekkin, R. (2017). Imam Yaqub Khalekov and the Muslim community in Soviet Petrograd-Leningrad. Rossijskaja istorija (1), 148-156
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Imam Yaqub Khalekov and the Muslim community in Soviet Petrograd-Leningrad
2017 (Russian)In: Rossijskaja istorija, ISSN 0869-5687, no 1, p. 148-156Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Izdatel'stvo Nauka, 2017
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Historical Studies; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32359 (URN)000394479200012 ()2-s2.0-85015972567 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-05-12 Created: 2017-05-12 Last updated: 2023-02-01Bibliographically approved
Bekkin, R. (2017). Musulʹmane v sovetskom Petrograde--Leningrade (1917-1991) = Muslims in Soviet Petrograd - Leningrad (1917-1991). Moskva: Sadra
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Musulʹmane v sovetskom Petrograde--Leningrade (1917-1991) = Muslims in Soviet Petrograd - Leningrad (1917-1991)
2017 (English)Book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Moskva: Sadra, 2017. p. 111
Keywords
Muslimer-- vardagsliv och traditioner, Ryssland-- Sankt Petersburg
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34501 (URN)978-5-906859-92-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-02-02 Created: 2018-02-02 Last updated: 2018-02-02Bibliographically approved
Bekkin, R. (2017). The Central Spiritual Administration of theMuslims of Russia (TsDUM) and its strategy of subordinate partnership in dialogue withthe Russian Orthodox Church. Context: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 4(2), 7-28
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Central Spiritual Administration of theMuslims of Russia (TsDUM) and its strategy of subordinate partnership in dialogue withthe Russian Orthodox Church
2017 (English)In: Context: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, ISSN 2303-6958, Vol. 4, no 2, p. 7-28Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Under conditions of competition with other federal muftiates, the Central Spiritual Administration of the Muslims of Russia (TsDUM) has developed adeliberate focus on maintaining good relations with the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC). This paper analyses the strategy of TsDUM and its mufti Talagat Tadzhuddin regarding the ROC. The author argues that Tadzhuddin’s actions indicate hemay be playing a more complicated game than his policy of cleaving closely to the ROC of itself suggests. Against researchers and experts who consider Tadzhuddin’s actions irrational, the author argues Tadzhuddin is a skilful strategist who has deliberat elydonned the mask of the holy fool (yurodivy). The author also offers a brief overview of the history of TsDUM in the 1990s and 2000s, exploring the reasons behind the disintegrative processes within the muftiate that began in 1992.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sarajevo: Centar za napredne studije (Center for Advanced Studies), 2017
Keywords
Islam in Russia, the Central Spiritual Administration of the Muslims of Russia (TsDUM), the Orenburg Mohammedan Spiritual Assembly (OMDS), muftiate, mufti
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37920 (URN)
Available from: 2019-03-29 Created: 2019-03-29 Last updated: 2020-03-27Bibliographically approved
Bekkin, R. (2016). Бер дуслык тарихы: Г. Баязитов hэм В.С. Соловьев. Фэнни Татарстан (3), 88-104
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Бер дуслык тарихы: Г. Баязитов hэм В.С. Соловьев
2016 (Undetermined)In: Фэнни Татарстан, ISSN 2499-9741, no 3, p. 88-104Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [ru]

В настоящей статье мы рассмотрели характер связей петербургского ахуна А. Баязитова в среде петербургских литераторов и ученых. Одной из фигур, с которой некоторые авторы вслед за поэтом и публицистом В.Л. Величко связывают имя Баязитова, был философ В.С. Соловьев. Мы попытались выяснить характер отношений между мусульманским богословом и христианским мыслителем.

Keywords
А. Баязитов, мусульмане Петербурга, В.Л. Величко, В.С. Соловьев.
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Historical Studies; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-31276 (URN)
Available from: 2016-12-01 Created: 2016-12-01 Last updated: 2016-12-06Bibliographically approved
Bekkin, R. (2016). История татаро-мусульманской общины советского Петрограда–Ленинграда (1917– 1991 гг.) по материалам государственных и частных фотоархивов. Государство, религия, церковь в России и за рубежом, 4, 118-147
Open this publication in new window or tab >>История татаро-мусульманской общины советского Петрограда–Ленинграда (1917– 1991 гг.) по материалам государственных и частных фотоархивов
2016 (Russian)In: Государство, религия, церковь в России и за рубежом, ISSN 2073-7203, Vol. 4, p. 118-147Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article looks into the history of Muslim community of Petrograd Leningrad during the Soviet time. The author pays special attention to its little-known and understudied aspects by referring to a wide range of sources from oral memoirs to diary extracts. Of particular importance are photographic materials from state and private photo archives. The picture helps to provide a broader view of the history of Muslim community, both from the standpoint of a photographer and through the eyes of believers themselves. Special focus is made on the life of the two imam-khatibs of the Leningrad Cathedral Mosque: Yakub Halekov and Hafiz Mahmutov. The author examines how official and unofficial leaders and institutions governing TatarMuslim community in Leningrad and a number of towns in the Leningrad region emerged and worked. Some photographs coming from private archives often serve as a starting point for a broader study of forms of Islam in the Soviet Union.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Moscow: , 2016
Keywords
Leningrad Cathedral mosque, isem kushu, unofficial mullahs, janazah, Tatar section of Novo-Volkovo cemetery, imam-khatib
National Category
History and Archaeology Other Humanities
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies; Historical Studies; Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-31917 (URN)10.22394/2073-7203-2016-34-4-118-147 (DOI)000442324000006 ()2-s2.0-85010953237 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-01-31 Created: 2017-01-31 Last updated: 2018-11-14Bibliographically approved
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