Shari’a and ‘traditional Tatar Islam’

From Flexibility to Protection

in Volume 27 (2018): Issue 1 (Mar 2018): In Memoriam Ina-Maria Greverus
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Like all the elites of post-Soviet Muslim countries, the political elite and religious officials in Russia have been in the search of a moderate and strictly national Islamic identity, to keep the Muslim population of Russia separate from Arab or Turkish versions of Islam that could be politicised and thus had the potential to undermine the state structure. ‘Tatar traditional Islam’ emerged through this framework.