Tag: Muslim

Tajikistan And Dagestan May Increase Islamist Threat By How They Are Fighting Against It

April 6, 2015

Staunton, April 6 — Tajikistan is being pressured to shut down the Islamic Rebirth Party, something that will drive its members into the underground and make the Islamist threat there greater; and Dagestani leaders want to adopt an earlier Tajik policy and call home those from that republic now studying in Muslim schools abroad, something […]

Moscow Is the Largest Muslim City In Europe, Russian Parliamentarian Says

December 17, 2014

Staunton, December 14 – Vyacheslav Nikonov, chairman of the Russian Duma education committee and head of the Russian World Foundation, told a Muslim forum in the Russian capital that “Moscow is not only the largest Islamic city in Russia but also the city with the largest Muslim population in Europe.” Speaking to the 10th International […]

Older Tatars in Moscow Forming Prayer Rooms to Avoid Immigrants and Use of Russian in Religious Rites

October 10, 2014

Staunton, October 10 – Older Tatars, who until two decades ago were the defining face of Islam in Moscow, are now retreating to self-organized prayer rooms to avoid having to interact with the far more numerous Muslim migrant communities from Central Asia and the Caucasus and from having religious services conducted in Russian rather than […]

Moscow to Prepare Russian-Speaking Mullahs for Kazakhstan’s Muslims

April 12, 2014

Staunton, April 12 – The Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church has always used priests from Russia to spread its influence and that of Moscow more generally in the former Soviet republics, but now the Moscow Islamic University has announced a new twist on that tactic: it will train Russian-speaking mullahs for the Muslims […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 21: A Crackdown on Crimean Tatars?

March 10, 2014

As Russian troops continue to swell on the Crimean peninsula, and dueling rallies were held both in support and in resistance to Russian activity there, there are new claims that Crimean Tatars may be targeted by local Crimeans before this crisis is resolved. Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and analysis of […]