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„Urban Muslim communities and their relationship with the state: focus on methodology“ conference in the city of Novgorod Velikiy (May 30th — June 1st 2008)


Within the framework of the international project „Urban Islam in Russia and the UK“ a conference entitled „Urban Muslim communities and their relationship with the state: focus on methodology“ took place in the city of Velikiy Novgorod on May 30th — June 1st.

The conference raised the issues of the Muslim communities’ position in Russia and the UK, the sociological and cultural approaches to the relationship between the Muslim communities and the state, as well as the problems of Muslim communities and organization from the point of view of political science. A comparative analysis of methodological approached to Islamic studies was carries out, international experience was summed up.

The issues of further cooperation within the programme were also discussed at the conference and a preliminary decision was made to hold a third event in November 2008.

„Urban Islam in Russia and the UK“ is a joint project of ISE-Center (Russia) and AHRC/ESRC Religion & Society Programme (UK). The first workshop within the project’s framework took place in February 2008 in Windsor (UK).


The conference was attended by the following Russian researchers:

  1. Yekaterina Demintseva (Moscow), PhD in History, head of the Cultural Anthropology Department at the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
  2. Yulia Guseva (Samara), PhD in History, lecturer at the Samara branch of the Moscow City Pedagogical University.
  3. Andrey Kortunov (Moscow), president of the New Eurasia Foundation in Moscow, Russia and president of the Information Scholarship Education Center (ISE); a member of the Educational Board of the Open Society Institute.
  4. Alexander Koss (Kaliningrad), Associate Professor at Kaliningrad State University, PhD in Law.
  5. Tatiana Kostyukova (Tomsk), Doctor of Sciences (Pedagogics) and a Professor at the Tomsk State University, Psychology Department.
  6. Irina Laktionova (Moscow), PhD in Political Studies, Executive Director of the ISE-Center (Information. Scholarship. Education).
  7. Sergey Markedonov (Moscow), political analyst and historian, PhD in History, heads the Department of International Relationships of the Moscow Institute of Political and Military Analysis.
  8. Naima Neflyasheva, PhD in History, Senior Researcher at the Center for Civilizational and Regional Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Associate Professor at the Institute for Business and Politics.
  9. Alexey Starostin (Ekaterinburg), researcher at the University Center for Iran Research and editor of „Islam Today“ TV-show on local television, staff reporter of „Islam in the Russian Federation“ information portal.
  10. Akhmet Yarlykapov (Moscow), PhD in History, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology.

The conference was attended by the following UK participants:

  1. Peta Ainsworth (Lancaster), Administrator for the AHRC/ESRC Religion & Society Programme.
  2. John Barber (Cambridge), Fellow and Director of Studies in Social and Political Sciences at King’s College, Cambridge.
  3. Tufyal Choudhury (London), lecturer in human rights law at Durham University and senior policy advisor to the Open Society Institute for their project „Muslims in EU Cities: cohesion, integration and participation“.
  4. Philip Esler (Bristol), Chief Executive of The Arts & Humanities Research Council.
  5. Ron Geaves (Liverpool), Professor of the Comparative Study of Religion in the Theology and Religious Studies department of the University.
  6. Sadek Hamid (Chester), Programme Leader for the Muslim Youth Work degree at the University of Chester UK.
  7. Peter Hopkins (Newcastle), Lecturer in Social Geography in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University, UK.
  8. Louise Matter (Bristol), Senior Awards Officer at The Arts & Humanities Research Council.
  9. Adrian Pabst (Nottingham), Leverhulme Research Fellow in Religion and Politics in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, member of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy, University of Nottingham.
  10. Domitilla Sagramoso (London), Lecturer in Security and Development at the Department of War Studies.
  11. Marat Shterin (London), Lecturer in Sociology of Religion at King’s College London.
  12. Basia Spalek (Birmingham), Senior Lecturer in Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of Birmingham.
  13. Linda Woodhead (Lancaster), Professor of Sociology of Religion at Lancaster University. Since 2007 she has been directing the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme.
  14. Galina Yemelianova (Birmingham), Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, the European Research Institute, the University of Birmingham, UK.

Conference program [ pdf, 78 Kb ]






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