RUSSIA – “TATARSTAN-PUTIN: A CROSSED CHALLENGE”

A new Glauco D’Agostino’s book on the Volga-Ural ethnic and religious peculiarities within an institutional competition between the Kremlin and autonomies

Tatarstan and the Middle Volga region are a crossroad of geo-political interests extending to Central Asia, a hub of Turkophone communities. It’s a historical and geographical evidence Tatarstan is part and parcel of Russia. It’s as sure the Tatar ethnic group has a right to preserve the peculiarity laid down by its traditional minority status, including institutional prerogatives. The use of language, the educational and cultural policy, the autonomous status are the core of the issue. Centripetal and top-down for Moscow, associative and of self-government for Kazan. The road to compromise is fraught with difficulties.

The Tatars know membership in the Federation is not only forced but is a world power shield providing security and stability. Out of any independence demands, a negotiation path remains in order to concede at least a historical uniqueness, which today could be recognised at an institutional level (its Constitution, State Council, Presidency, language) after the erosion suffered in the first two decades of this century. If the Idel-Ural Nation emblematic myth grown in the collective imagination serves this purpose, it is welcome without idealising it as the flag of a troubled unity, but even making sure its foes did not manipulate it as an anti-Kremlin message.

Tatarstan is also experiencing an Islamic revival after the disastrous fall of communism and its atheist ideology. It’s perhaps uncomfortable to someone, but hard to deny even in the light of past historical events, that Islam maintains a role unifying Tatar identity, without applying the Umma powerful conception.

The equilibrium of stances is still in the hands of republican institutions and the Kremlin, which will succeed in pointing out a road balancing ethno-religious visions if both actually see the values at stake: a regional social stability, as well as a stimulation of a civil awareness to a complex and multifaceted state-building making room for all cultural and custom expressions in the area.

Content:

  • Introduction
  • Boosting Russia-Muslims Ties Amidst Centrifugal Tendencies
  • Tatarstan Self-Determination, Sovereignty and Constitution
  • The İdel-Ural State Fascination and the Communist Nightmare
  • Features of Tatarstan and Bashkortostan People and Region
  • The Tatar Identity Issue: A Bulghar or Qıpçaq?
  • Tatar Islam under Russian rule and the Jadīds
  • Tatar Islam Amongst Ḥanafism, Salafism and Nationalist Pulses
  • Closing Remarks
  • References
  • Appendix

GLAUCO D’AGOSTINO is an Architect and Doctor in Regional Planning. As an independent scholar of the Islamic world (especially politico-religious movements and sacred architecture), he had cultural experiences on these subjects in Western Africa, Maghreb, Libya, Middle East, Iran, Central Asia, India, China, Russia and Indonesia. These experiences have enabled the release of the books Sulle Vie dell’Islam (Historical and Architectural Itineraries across the Islamic Countries) (2010) and La lunga marcia dell’Islam politico (The Long March of Political Islam) (2013).

He is director and manager of Islamic World Analyzes (www.islamicworld.it) and a member of the International Scientific Board of Bucharest-based Geopolitica magazine. In the great number of countries he visited, he had the opportunity to take an interest in the large urban aggregations territorial structure (more than 70 metropolitan areas, including Shànghai, Dehli, Mumbai, Ciudad de México, New York, Beijing, Los Angeles, Moscow, Tehran, Lima-Callao, Bogotá, Washington, Hô Chí Minh / Sài Gòn, San Francisco, Boston, Xi’an, Miami, Saint Petersburg), as well as in the status of ethnic minorities (in Amazonas, Chiapas, Guatemala, Ecuador, Mali, Syria, Armenia, China, Bukhara and Samarcand, Iran).

Glauco D’Agostino

TATARSTAN-PUTIN: A CROSSED CHALLENGE. The Volga-Ural ethnic and religious peculiarities within an institutional competition between the Kremlin and autonomies.

Glimmer Publishing, London-Istanbul-Moscow-Delhi-Jakarta

Printed in the UK, June 2018

Category: Social Sciences, Regional Studies

Number of pages: 87, € 47.4

Product ISBN: 978-1-78902-007-6

 

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