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This substantial essay sketches the changing institutional framework for historical studies on Islam and Muslim peoples in the Federation of Russia from 1985 to 2000, with special interest in those peoples known today as Bashkirs and the Volga-Ural and Siberian Tatars at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  The first part on the institutional framework, with special reference to Moscow and St. Petersubrg institutions, and to Tatarstan and Bashkortostan, is followed by an overview of the publishing activity (monographs and anthologies of research papers, textbooks, central and regional periodicals).  The chapter on research trends focus on ethnic history, the theories of ethno-genesis, the expansion of ethno-demography, and studies on nationalism and nation- and state-building (with specific paragraphs on studies on Jadidism and the ‘new Tatar historiography’, on pan-Turkism and pan-Islamism, on political movements and parties, on statehood traditions in the Volga-Ural region, on Tatar and Bashkir Soviet history), Islam, social and cultural history (enhancing the early-twentieth-century ‘Golden Age’ of Tatar merchants and entrepreneurs).

The Redaction
CER: I-1.2.C-79