chapter  10
‘Domestication’ or Representation? Russia and the Institutionalisation of Islam in Comparative Perspective
ByEkaterina Braginskaia
Pages 24

STATE ENGAGEMENT WITH ISLAM IN RUSSIA IS traditionally treated as a distinct,

virtually self-contained field of research, both in Russian and Western studies of the

subject (Hahn 2007; Hunter 2004; Makarov 2000; Malashenko 2007a). Numerous

studies have explored regional differences and delved deeper into the role of official

Muslim institutions and their relations with the state and other religions (Silantiev

2007; Tulskii 2005; Verkhovskii 2007; Yemelianova 2002). A historically rich mosaic

of Muslim communities has created specific patterns of state accommodation of

Muslim interests, influenced by Russia’s particular federal and regional structures, as

well as by significant shifts in managing religious diversity. Moreover, after the end of

the 1990s, Russia’s security and integration problems increasingly converged with

those experienced in Britain and France.