Muslim Religious Institutions in Imperial Russia: The Islamic World of Novouzensk District and the Kazakh Inner Horde, 1780-1910

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BRILL, Jan 1, 2001 - History - 341 pages
Russia's Muslim religious institutions on the steppe frontier, during the imperial period, are examined in detail in this book. This study is based on a Turkic manuscript history entitled the Tavarikh-i Alti Ata, compiled in 1910. It examines the mosques, madrasas, imams, mu'adhdhins, and Sufis of a single district and in adjoining regions of the Kazakh steppe, areas that were inhabited by several Muslim communities, including Tatar peasants and merchants, Bashkir and Kazakh nomads, and Muslim Cossacks. The study compares the information from the manuscript with published sources on Islamic institutions in the Volga-Ural region, using it as a case study to draw conclusions for Russia as a whole. Special emphasis is placed on the social and communal functions of these institutions for the Muslim minorities inhabiting rural Russia.
 

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Contents

The Tawārīkhi Ali Ată
17
The Tawārīkhi Ali Ată
29
Geography and Economic Life
37
The Physical Setting
43
Ethnography
57
Other Ethnic Groups
70
Religious Figures
99
Titles and Positions
106
Mosques in Novouzensk district
183
Islamic Education
218
Madrasa Construction and Architecture
251
Prayers and Feasts
257
Islamic Taxation
267
Islamic Institutions among the Kazakhs
274
Islamic Institutions among the Ural Cossacks
305
Conclusion
314

Imāms in Novouzensk District
113
Muadhdhins
146
Mosques
161
Glossary of Religious and Historical Terms
327
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Allen J. Frank, Ph.D. (1994) in Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, has published widely on the history of Islamic culture in imperial Russia.

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