Migration and Contemporary Muslim Space in Moscow

14 novembre 2017 : Séminaire de l’axe : Interactions et réactivités religieuses : perspectives anthropologiques et du programme : Islam, politiques, sociétés

Dmitri Oparin, Université d’Etat Lomonossov, Moscou, chercheur invité au GSRL bénéficiant d’une bourse Metchnikov de l’Ambassade de France en Russie, interviendra sur :

Migration and Contemporary Muslim Space in Moscow. Contextualizing North Caucasian Loud Dhikr and the Religious Practices of Central Asian ‘Folk’ Mullas


Over the last fifteen years, the ethnic make-up of Moscow’s mosques has undergone significant change, while the number of practicing Muslims has grown manifold.

These quantitative changes are connected with both the internal migration of people from the North Caucasian Republics (a migration that had already begun in the early 1990s) and the external migration of people from Central Asian states, primarily Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kirghizstan (a mass migration dating from the 2000s).

This paper is dedicated to two phenomena of contemporary Moscow Muslim life, the loud dhikr practiced by Chechens and Ingush; and the religious practices of the Central Asian “uninstitutionalized” mullas.

Both spiritual practices are popular and have great significance for a  considerable proportion of Moscow Muslims, including those who do not directly participate in them. What both practices have in common is also found in their marginal nature with regard both to institutionalized Moscow Islam and to the fundamentalist trend, which is now gathering steam here.

This is an attempt to identify some specific features of contemporary Moscow Islam through the analysis of certain practices.


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