The Diversification of the Muslim Community in St. Petersburg in the 2010s

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Aitamurto , K & Gaidukov , A 2018 , ' The Diversification of the Muslim Community in St. Petersburg in the 2010s ' , Journal of Religion in Europe , vol. 11 , no. 2-3 , pp. 222-247 . https://doi.org/10.1163/18748929-01102008

Title: The Diversification of the Muslim Community in St. Petersburg in the 2010s
Author: Aitamurto, Kaarina; Gaidukov, Alexey
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Russian and Eurasian Studies (Aleksanteri Institute)
Date: 2018
Language: eng
Number of pages: 27
Belongs to series: Journal of Religion in Europe
ISSN: 1874-8910
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/308465
Abstract: Through the intensification of migration, the number of Muslims has multiplied in ethnically Russian areas, including St. Petersburg. Within the heterogeneous Muslim community of the city, countless new communities and initiatives have emerged, but they increasingly face suspicions and restrictions from the authorities. These difficulties reflect the general political urge to exercise more control over religious activity in Russia. Nevertheless, discussions about the need to police Islamic activity contain arguments—similar to those in Western Europe—about the alleged incompatibility of Islam and modern secular societies. This article surveys the development and challenges of new Muslim communities in St. Petersburg in the 2010s. It is argued that the diversification of religiosity is an expected outcome of the pluralization of modern societies. Paradoxically, the restrictive politics that are based on the supposed illiberal, anti-modern nature of Islam promotes religious monopolies and thus a very traditional understanding of religiosity.
Subject: 614 Theology
Governance of religion
6160 Other humanities
Islam, Russia, Muslim minorities
5141 Sociology
Religion and modernity
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