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Valiulla Iakupov’s Tatar Islamic Traditionalism


Bustanov, Alfrid K; Kemper, Michael (2013). Valiulla Iakupov’s Tatar Islamic Traditionalism. Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques, 67(3):809-835.

Abstract

In this article we analyze the concept of “traditional Islam” in the writings of the Tatar scholar Valiulla Iakupov (1963–2012). We discuss Iakupov’s interpretation of the history of Tatar Islam, his views on “Wahhabism” (which he condemned in strongest terms), and on state-Islam relations in contemporary Russia, as well as his ideas about the relation between Islamic authority and secular science. Against the background of this content analysis, we then proceed to analyze Iakupov’s religious language, especially his use of Arabic-origin loanwords and their Russian equivalents of Church Slavonic origin, and also his creative coinage of new religious terms. While Iakupov was above all known as a proponent of the use of Tatar as Russia’s major language for Islam, we argue that Iakupov also made a significant contribution to the development of “Islamo-Russian” as the new religious idiom of Muslims in the Russian-speaking world.

In this article we analyze the concept of “traditional Islam” in the writings of the Tatar scholar Valiulla Iakupov (1963–2012). We discuss Iakupov’s interpretation of the history of Tatar Islam, his views on “Wahhabism” (which he condemned in strongest terms), and on state-Islam relations in contemporary Russia, as well as his ideas about the relation between Islamic authority and secular science. Against the background of this content analysis, we then proceed to analyze Iakupov’s religious language, especially his use of Arabic-origin loanwords and their Russian equivalents of Church Slavonic origin, and also his creative coinage of new religious terms. While Iakupov was above all known as a proponent of the use of Tatar as Russia’s major language for Islam, we argue that Iakupov also made a significant contribution to the development of “Islamo-Russian” as the new religious idiom of Muslims in the Russian-speaking world.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:Journals > Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques > Archive > 67 (2013) > 3
Dewey Decimal Classification:Unspecified
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:18 Nov 2013 16:25
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:09
Publisher:Schweizerische Asiengesellschaft / Verlag Peter Lang
ISSN:0004-4717
Related URLs:http://www.sagw.ch/de/asiengesellschaft/publikationen/Asiatische-Studien.html (Publisher)
http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?vID=86850&vLang=D&vHR=1&vUR=4&vUUR=11 (Publisher)
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-85101

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