Open seminar “Mosque communities in Moscow”

Open seminar “Mosque communities in Moscow”

On 5 April 2017, Rano Turaeva held a presentation about “Mosque communities in Moscow” at the Centre for Comparative History and Political Studies. The associate of Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and author of the book “Migration and Identity in Central Asia: The Uzbek Experience” (Routledge) is interested in the question how migrants from Central Asia gain access to Russian society through mosque communities. She presented some insights from fieldwork in Moscow and Perm, with the latter place being a potential comparative case. As Turaeva showed, female migrants frequent the mosque for a variety of reasons, among them worship and religious education but also socialising, expanding one’s network, seeking help and doing business. Once again, it was possible to see how ethnographic research enables us to form a picture of an environment that many of us would otherwise remain ignorant about.