Russian conferences on Islam
Strong UvA presence at the Moscow conference “The World of Islam: History, Society, Culture“ (October 22-24) and the Kazan conference “Islam in a Multicultural World” (October 29-31)
Russia has a very complicated relation to Islam, from the 16th century, when Muscovy swallowed the lands of the Muslim Kazan Tatars, to the present time – with the annexation of the Crimea also some 200.000 Crimean Tatars "joined" Russia. In October 2014 members of UvA's research group “The Russian Language of Islam” (European Studies in cooperation with Leiden University, financed by N.W.O.) were invited to two academic conferences on Islam in Russia.