The Third International Research Conference

Margarita Rudomino All-Russia State Library
for Foreign Literature, Moscow, Russia


October 22–24, 2014


Regular International Scientific Conference The World of Islam: History, Society, Culture held by the Mardjani Foundation was established as a forum to discuss key issues of historical and modern social, political and cultural development of Islam in the interdisciplinary perspective.

The conference is organized by the Mardjani Foundation and the Rudomino All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature jointly with the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, State Museum of Oriental Arts and the Azerbaijani Culture Center in Moscow.
The first such conference took place in 2007 in the Russian State University for the Humanities and the second one was held in the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia in 2010.
The conference will gather together over 150 researchers from Russian and foreign academic and university centers of USA, Netherlands, France, Austria, Sweden, Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Poland, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and other countries who study various aspects of Islamic history and culture, historical and modern social and political development of Muslim communities.
The conference will host such distinguished speakers as professor Aleksandr Knysh (University of Michigan, USA), professor Bert Fragner (Austrian Academy of Sciences), professor Leonid Syukiyaynen (Higher School of Economics, Moscow ) and other leading scientists researching oriental studies, the history, sociology and anthropology of Islam.
Other participants include representatives of federal authorities, public and religious organisations: Russian Federation Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Federal Agency for CIS, Muslim Spiritual Board of Russia. This is the recognition of an important role that scientific research plays to overcome and prevent xenophobia and extremism, develop intercultural communication between peoples living in Russia and abroad, religious tolerance and interdenominational dialogue in the Russian polyethnic and multiconfessional society.
Top subjects of the conference encompass history and current Islamic studies in Russia, Western and Eastern countries, sociological and anthropological methods applied to research Muslim communities in the modern world, Islamophobia and migration problems, and historical problems of Islam-Christianity relations, study of narrative sources, archive records and monuments of Islamic material culture and art.

The conference will include the following panels:

PANEL I - Islam in Russia and Eurasian Space after the «Archive Revolution»

PANEL II - Problems of Studying the «Classical» Islamic Heritage: Source Studies, Historiography, History of Islamic Thought

PANEL III - Manuscripts and Rare Books of the Islamicate World

PANEL IV - Anthropological and Ethnographical Approaches to the Study of Muslim Societies

PANEL V - Islam and Migration Processes

PANEL VI - Capitals of the Islamic world: History and Geography

PANEL VII - Contemporary Islam in Sociological Perspective: Practices, Discourses, Methodological Questions

PANEL VIII - Art and Material Culture of the Muslim World

PANEL IX - Islamic Response to the Challenges of Modernity: Ideas, Persons, Institutes

PANEL X - Eastern Christianity and Islam in the Middle Age: Experience of Interaction

PANEL XI - Islamophobia in Russia: the 20 and 21 Centuries

PANEL XII - Philosophical Meanings in Muslim Culture

Working languages ​​of the conference: Russian, Arabic and English

The conference will take place at the Margarita Rudomino All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature: Nikoloyamskaya Str., 1, Moscow