The History of Islam in Russia

a tour for the exhibition The Global World of Tatar Book Culture

Alfrid Bustanov and Shamil Aliautdinov talk about the items present at the exhibition The Global World of Tatar Book Culture at the National Library of the Republic of Tatarstan.


Ethnography of Book Collections in the Islamicate World

Researchers habitually employ in their work the ‘archives’ of Muslims, be that the private or state collections. Often scholars focus on the concrete sources and do not ask questions about the archival ecology that enables the circulation and preservation of sources. Our seminar places the archival collections in the Islamicate world at the centre of inquiry. We are interested in the provenance research, the organizational forms of archives, the significance of the colonial pasts for the history of book collections as well as the impact of the archival structures on scholarly practices, representation of sources and their marginalization. Our seminar builds on the decolonial thread in rethinking the modern forms of knowledge production in museums, archives, and universities and attempts to reconsider the role of archives in the Islamicate world. Special attention will be paid to individual experiences of the archive builders, their curators and researchers – this is why we speak of the ethnography of book collections.


A New Book on Muslim Subjectivity

The Brill Publishing House has published an edition of memoirs by ‘Abd al-Majid al-Qadiri (1881-1962), a Qur’an specialist who spent fifteen years of his life in Gulag.


The MIND project is hosting an international conference

The Muslim Self: A Transregional History is an international workshop at the University of Amsterdam, December 1-3, 2022
Convenors: Alfrid Bustanov, Roy Bar Sadeh, Galiia Muratova


MIND PhD students took part in the NISIS Autumn School

The NISIS Autumn School 2021 “Islamic(ate) Classics From Manuscript to the Digital Age” took place in Leuven in 8-12 November 2021. The school was co-organized and hosted by Faculty of Arts at the KU Leuven, the Research Group of Arabic and Islamic Studies and Leuven Centre for the Study of Islam and Society (LCSICS).   The topic of the […]


Shamil Shikhaliev on Islamic Education in Late Socialist Daghestan

“Meanwhile several years passed, and somehow, while going through my old books, I came across my notebook. I thumbed through it and immediately recalled the world of Arabic fairy tales in which I had been immersed, and decided to resume studying Arabic. So in 1990 I asked my grandfather to teach me Arabic again. With a cheerful chuckle, he replied: “Last time it did not work out, let’s see what happens this time.” Since I was still in school, I could see him only during weekends. I took lessons from him and did my assignments during the week until the next weekend. This time, learning the Arabic alphabet began with Mu‘allim Sani, a textbook by the Tatar modernist intellectual Ahmad Hadi Maqsudi.”


The Summer School ‘Islam in Russia V: Muslim Subjectivity in the City’

Our project prioritizes the valorization of academic knowledge and the development of international scholarly networks among the young researchers. From 15th to 22nd of August 2021, the Fifth Summer School ‘Islam in Russia: Muslim Subjectivity in the City’ took place in Kazan. This workshop was co-organized by our team with the Mardjani Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan and the National Library of the Republic of Tatarstan.