Status Translation

Central Asian Migrants between Ethnic Discrimination and Religious Integration

in Anthropological Journal of European Cultures
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  • 1 University of Heidelberg
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For migrants coming from Central Asia to Moscow, the Cathedral Mosque functions as a central hub to organise their life in the Russian capital. The reason for this is not predominantly their faith or religion. Rather, this place of worship opens a space in which these mostly Tajik people translate their status from that of a stranger exposed to xenophobia and distrust to the respected position of a proper Muslim.