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This chapter provides an up-to-date account of the situation of Muslims in Russia. In 2000, the Muslims of Russia celebrated 14 centuries of Islam on Russian soil. The Russian Council of Muftis (RCM) is an umbrella organisation that unites religious Muslim associations in the Russian Federation on a voluntary basis. Professional Islamic education in Russia is carried out primarily in madrasas. There are currently over 20 licensed madrasas in the European part of Russia, excluding the Northern Caucasus region. There have been officially appointed Muslim chaplains in some parts of the Russian army in the Northern Caucasus and abroad since 1 February 2010, and this will expand to other regions during the year. Interreligious relations in the Russian context mean interactions between the followers of the minority creeds such as Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and the dominant Russian Orthodox Christianity, which has one universally recognised centre, Moscow Patriarchate.

Keywords: interreligious relations; Muslim chaplains; Russia; Russian Council of Muftis (RCM); Russian Federation



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