A Patriotic Islam? Russia’s Muslims Under Putin

Russian Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayers that mark the end of Ramadan, Moscow, Russia, Oct. 26, 2012 (AP photo by Mikhail Metzel).
Russian Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayers that mark the end of Ramadan, Moscow, Russia, Oct. 26, 2012 (AP photo by Mikhail Metzel).

In September 2015, an elaborate ceremony marked the opening of a mosque that promises to be the grandest in Europe. The mosque—a sprawling white marble complex with emerald and golden domes and minarets that spiral toward the sky—emerged not in Paris, Brussels, Berlin or London, but in the center of Moscow. There it joined a cityscape dominated by the golden onion domes and crosses of the Russian Orthodox Church and the bell towers of the Kremlin. The event took on special meaning for many of the Russian capital’s Muslim residents, mostly migrants from across the country and the former Soviet […]

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