ISLAMIC RELIGIOUS MOVEMENT IN THE REPUBLIC OF MARI EL: ISSUES AND CONTROVERSIES

Abstract: 

The content of the article reveals the complexity and contradictions of the formation and development of the Islamic religious movement in the Republic of Mari El in the 1990–2005. Having studied a wide range of sources, the author comes to the following conclusions: the process of formation and development of the Islamic movement in Mari El took place during the ambiguous period for the whole of Russia, the leaders of the Muslim organizations of the republic contributed to the integrating and disintegrating process within the movement, the contradictions being mostly influenced by external factors.

Key words: 

Republic of Mari El, Islam, Muslim associations, Regional Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of the Republic of Mari El, internal conflicts, inter-confessional world.

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