SOAS University of London

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus

Migration and Muslim Space in Moscow

Dmitri Oparin (Moscow State University & Higher School of Economics, Moscow)

Date: 18 January 2018Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 18 January 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B204

Type of Event: Seminar


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.

Speaker Biography

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.

Organiser: SOAS Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus

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