Translating Islam into the language of the Russian state and the Orthodox Church

This contribution analyses the discursive strategies exercised by Russia's state-appointed Islamic authorities. It draws on a linguistic corpus that consists of speeches and sermons by Mufti Ravil' Gainutdin, the head of a major Muslim Spiritual Directorate in Moscow. A multi-levelled anal...

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Published in:Religion, state & society
Main Author: Sibgatullina, Gulnaz
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Routledge [2019]
In:Religion, state & society
Year: 2019, Volume: 47, Issue: 2, Pages: 234-247
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Gajnutdin, Ravilʹ 1959- / Russia / Islam / Mufti / Russisch-Orthodoxe Kirche / Interreligious relations
Further subjects:B Islamic authorities
B Russian Orthodox Church
B Ravil' Gainutdin
B Russian language of Islam
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Summary:This contribution analyses the discursive strategies exercised by Russia's state-appointed Islamic authorities. It draws on a linguistic corpus that consists of speeches and sermons by Mufti Ravil' Gainutdin, the head of a major Muslim Spiritual Directorate in Moscow. A multi-levelled analysis shows that the mufti's lexical and rhetorical choices correspond to the discourse of the Russian Orthodox Church elites. This affinity is a discursive strategy that allows Gainutdin to position himself as the authoritative leader of Russia's Islamic community and to construct Islam as Russia's 'familiar' and 'traditional' religion.
ISSN:1465-3974
Contains:Enthalten in: Religion, state & society
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1080/09637494.2018.1562775