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SEEKING TRANSLATOR- Russian-English Translator for Volume on Islam in Russ Emp

Islam on the Territory of the Former Russian Empire: Encyclopaedic Lexicon
Vol. 1.
Editor-in-chief: Stanislav M. Prozorov
Academic consultants: Oleg F. Akimushkin, Anas B. Khalidov
Indices: Alexei A. Khismatulin.

This volume brings together the corrected and revised articles of the first
three fascicles of the Lexicon, which so far have appreared as separate
fasciles: Moscow: Vostochnaya literatura, 1998 (the 1st fasc.) - 159 p.;
1999 (the 2nd) - 167 p.; 2001 (the 3rd) - 184 p.

Arranged in alphabetical order, the 255 articles of the Lexicon contain
original and thoroughly researched presentations of the history of Islam
from the beginning of its spread in the territories of the former Russian
Empire until today. Geographically, the study covers the lands of the 19th
century Russian Empire including Bashkorstan, Tatarstan, the Northern
Caucasus and Central Asia. The thematic range of the contributions is
diverse and addresses such issues as:

- Islam in various historical and cultural contexts, regions, republics and
- Personalia (Muslim scholars, jurists, mystics, poets, and statesmen);
- the sites of worship, including mosques, shrines, and other religious
- the teachings and practices of various Sufi brotherhoods;
- festivals, religious rituals, Islamic customs and traditions, ritual
- the Qur'an in Russia;
- Islamic educational institutions (maktabs and madrasas)
- Islamic institutions and movements in post-Soviet Russia (spiritual
directories, the Muslim faction of the State Duma, "the Wahhabis" of the
Northern Caucasus and so on);
- Various Islamic peoples and ethnic groups (the Nogai, the Kist, the Baluj
and others);
- terms and honorific titles associated with "Russian" Islam (ishan, pir,
imam, paranja), etc.

The collection demonstrates the astounding diversity of Islam's
manifestations in the lands of the former Russian Empire over a long period
of time and various historical and cultural contexts. It is practically the
only source both in Russia and the West that provides reliable and
comprehensive information about the vissisitudes of Islam and its
institutions in the former Russian Empire and the USSR. All contributions
are based on a thorough study of a wide range of first-hand, often unique
sources. Their authors strive to offer an comprehenisive academic account of
the history, spiritual values and experiences of Muslims who have resided in
the territory of the former Russian Empire. Designed as an essential
reference, this volume also offers a wide range of analytical insights into
the phenomenon of "Russian" Islam. The nearly fifty contributors to this
volume are based in Russia (St. Petersburg, Moscow, Qazan, Ufa,
Makhachqala), Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Ukraine (the Crimea), as well as
Germany, the USA and France. The volume is richly illustrated with both
color and black-and-white photographs, tables, diagrams and supplied with a
comprehensive reference apparatus, which includes 7 indices. Despite its
academic character, this publication is accessible not only to specialists,
but also to general readers, namely college, high school instructors and
their students, journalists, diplomats, businessmen and so on.

Islam in Russia and its imperial and Soviet antecedents is more than just an
integral part of Russian history and culture and yet another object of
academic study; it is, in fact, an influential factor in the social and
political life of Russia and its "near abroad." By providing objective
information about Islam, its history and institutions, this volume
represents an important step in overcoming the abiding mutual distrust
between Muslims and representatives of different religious denominations of
the former Russian Empire and Soviet Union.

Given its importance and groundbreaking nature, it is essential that this
book be made accessible to the English-speaking audience. The Editor and his
colleagues welcome any suggestions as to how this goal could be achieved.
For further information please contact:

St.Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian
Academy of Sciences
18 Dvortsovaya Nab.
St.Petersburg 191186
Russian Federation
tel. +7 (812) 315-87-28
fax +7 (812) 312-14-65
E-mail: invost@mail.convey.ru
Web: http://www.orientalstudies.ru

You can also contact the editor and director of the project Professor
Stanislav Prozorov at s_prozorov@mail.ru.
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