Bukhara and the Muslims of Russia

Sufism, Education, and the Paradox of Islamic Prestige


In Bukhara and the Muslims of Russia Allen Frank examines the relationship of Tatars and Bashkirs with the city of Bukhara during the Russian Imperial era. For Muslims in Russia Bukhara’s prestige was manifested in genealogies, fashion, and in the elevated legal status of Bukharan communities in Russia. The historical relationship of Russia’s Muslim communities with Bukhara was founded above all on Bukhara’s reputation as a holy city of Islam, an abode of great Sufis, and a center of Islamic scholarship. The emergence of Islamic reformism critiquing Bukhara’s sacred status, led by Tatar scholars who were trained in Bukhara, created a number of paradoxes. The symbol of Bukhara became an important feature in theological and political debates among Russia’s Muslims.

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Allen J. Frank, Ph.D. (1994), Indiana University, has published widely on the history of Muslim communities in Imperial Russia. His publications include Muslim Religious Institutions in Imperial Russia: the Islamic World of Novouzensk District and the Kazakh Inner Horde, (Brill, 2001).
Those interested in the intellectual and religious history of Muslim communities in Russia and Central Asia, as well as the history of Sufism. The work is primarily oriented toward an academic audience.
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