Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA)
Yıldız Sarayı, 80700, Beşiktaş, Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 212 2591742
Fax: +90 212 2584365

Tatarstan Academy of Sciences, Institute of History
Kremlevskaya Str. 9, 420014, Kazan, Tatarstan
Tel/Fax: +78432 929104

People’s Deputies Council of Kazan City
Kremlevskaya Str. 5, 420014, Kazan, Tatarstan
Tel: +78432 92 58 15
Tel/Fax: +78432 92 33 16
Tel/Fax: +78432 92 95 55

Organizing Committee

Halit Eren
Director General,
OIC Research Centre for Islamic History,
Art and Culture (IRCICA), Istanbul

Raphael Khakimov
Director, The Institute of History,
Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan

Kamil Iskhakov
Mayor of Kazan City &
Head of the People’s Deputies Council of Kazan City

Mirkasım Usmanov
Professor, Kazan State University

Symposium Secretariat

Ali Çaksu, Istanbul
Suleyman Rakhimov, Kazan
Rafik Muhametshin, Kazan


24 June 2005, Friday

Opening Ceremony


Kamil Iskhakov, Mayor of Kazan City presents the opening ceremony


09.30 Mintimer Shaimiev, President of the Republic of Tatarstan

09.45 Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, General Secretary of the Organization of the Islamic Conference

10.00 Vladislav Surkov, Deputy Head of Administration of President of the Russian Federation

10.10 Alexander Saltanov, Deputy Minister of the Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation

10.15 Halit Eren, General Director of IRCICA

10.20 Ravil Gainuddin, Mufti of the European Part of Russia (Moscow)

10.25-10.35 Presentation of the reprint of the "Kazan Quran"

10.35-10.45 Presentation of the new publications of Institute of History, Academy of Sciences, Republic of Tatarstan: Books from the series "Anthology of theological thought: Abdunnassir Kursavi, Musa Bigiev"

11.00-14.00 Official opening ceremony of Kul Sharif Mosque

14.00-15.00 Lunch


24 June, 2005, Friday


Session 1
Religious Sources and Traditions of the Tatar People: History, Forms of Expression, New Research Approaches
Location: National Library of Republic of Tatarstan
Chairmen: Halit Eren, Rafael Hakimov

Rafik Muhametshin: Role of Islam in transformation of Tatar society in the end of 18th – beginning of 20th centuries

Efim Rezvan: "Quran of Usman": Tashkent, Cairo, Istanbul, Petersburg, “Itil area”

Ayslu Yunusova: System of Muslim education in the Volga-Ural region

Azade-Ayse Rorlich: Muslim periodic edition of Volga region in the beginning of the 20th century

John Eric Lane: Islamic factor in the modern world: major problems and trends

Naseem Ahmad: Identifying the Roots: A Study of the Emergence of Islam, social Milieu, and Trade Activities of Volga Ural Region in the 10th Century

Uli Schamiloglu: High Islamic culture in the Golden Horde

Abdullah Gündoğdu: Expansion of Islam in the Golden Horde and its consequences

A. Melek Özyetgin: Diplomatical Terminology in the State Organization of the Golden Horde

Damir Iskhakov: Kul Sharif 'leader of the greats' (certain aspects of biography of the last Supreme Sayyid of Kazan Khanate)

Hisao Komatsu: Kazan and Bukhara: cultural relations in 18th-19th centuries

James Meier: Representation of Volga Muslims in different organizations and institutions of Russia in the end of the 19th century

Ilia Zaytsev: Manuscripts of Moscow imams Ageevs



Night excursion in Kazan


25 June 2005, Saturday


Participation in the Tatar National Holiday Saban-Tuy

Cruise along the Volga river


26 June 2005, Sunday


Session 2
Theological Heritage of Muslims of Volga and Ural Regions
Location: Exhibition Hall of National Culture Center "Kazan"
Chairmen: Uli Schamiloglu, Nadir Devlet

Bünyamin Erul: Hadith legacy in Tatarstan

İbrahim Maraş: Volga-Ural Tatars’ Traditional Understanding of Islam

Hasan Kamil Yılmaz: A sufi from Kazan in Istanbul: Nimetullah Omar Utari

Sami Erdem: Ijtihad interpretation of the Turkist thought in early 20th century and Kazan scholar Halim Sabit

Aydın Topaloğlu: Musa Jarullah Bigiev's understanding of the divine being

Sait Özervarlı: Musa Jarullah Bigiev and his criticism of rational Islamic disciplines

Ramazan Biçer: Theological views of Kazan scientists Kıvamüddin Burslan and Shihabuddin Merjani

Murat Akarsu: Muslim historiography in the 19th century and Shihabuddin Merjani

Dilara Usmanova: Muslim 'sectarianism' in Russian Empire: 'the vaiz movement' on the frontier of 19th-20th centuries

Dmitri Vasilev, Ilia Zaytsev: Muslim Manuscripts Written in the Volga-Ural and Other Regions and Preserved in the Collections in Moscow

Session 3
Ethno-Cultural and Confessional Identity of Tatar People
Location: Exhibition Hall of National Culture Center "Kazan"
Chairmen: Ayslu Yunusova, Damir Iskhakov

Paul Gobl: Islam in Russia: view from the West

Nail Muharyamov: Islamic factor in domestic geopolitics of Russia

Rozalinda Musina: Islam in Tatarstan: problem of identity among ethnic relations

Nadir Devlet: Islets of Tatar Muslim societies in the Far East

Talip Küçükcan: Islamic institutions and social change in Tatarstan. Rediscovery of religious heritage and Muslim identity

Stoyan Antonov: Tatars in Bulgaria: from Crimea to Kazan


Visit to the department of manuscripts and rare books of the Lobachevsky Scientific Library, Kazan State University

Session 4
Islam in the Multi-Confessional and Multi-National Society: Forms and Principles of Functioning
Location: Exhibition Hall of National Culture Center "Kazan"
Chairmen: Rafik Muhametshin, İbrahim Maraş

Rinat Nabiev: Functioning of the Muslim communities of Tatarstan in the multi-confessional society

Robert Jerasy: Nikolay Ostroumov and problem of Russian and Muslim relations in Kazan and Tashkent

Aidar Nogmanov: Volga Muslims in the legal space of the Russian Empire

Ildus Zagidullin: Influence of inter-confessional aspect of building of Muslim cult buildings in Russia (second half of 18th -beginning of the 20th century)

Kimitaka Matsuzata: Islam as the stabilizing factor in society: experience of Dagestan, Tatarstan and Bashkortostan

Saime-Selenga Gökgöz: Missionary-Priest Ye. Malov’s Discussion with the ‘Shakirt’: Tools of the Orthodox Mission Policy in the Tsarist Russia

Renat Shigabutdinov: Tatar mosques and madrasahs in Turkestan in 19th–early 20th centuries

Ali Merthan Dündar: Religious activities of the Tatars in Japan: Kobe, Tokyo and Nagoya mosques

Session 5
Ethno-Cultural Identity of Tatar People and its Islamic Component
Location: National Cultural Center "Kazan", Auditorium 102
Chairmen: Azade-Aisha Rorlich, Mirkasim Usmanov

Guzel Valeeva-Suleymanova: Artistic characteristics of the Muslim art of the Volga region

Azmi Özcan: Identity, religion and culture in Kazan

Guzel Sayfullina: Bagishlau (dedication) as a source on the folk culture of Islam of the Volga Tatars

Nicole Kançal-Ferrari: Architecture of Kazan mosques of the end of the 18th – beginning of the 19th centuries

Rezeda Safiullina: Tatar book-printing in Arabic language in the context of common Islamic culture

Yücel Oğurlu: Tatars in the Russian Classics

Kishimjan Eshenkulova: Issues of development of Central Asian culture in Kazan periodicals of the beginning of the 20th century

Cihan Okuyucu: The Tatar Image in Classical Turkish Literature

İskender Pala: Tatar and Ottoman poetic parallels in the classical period

Aylin Koç: Muslim Terminology in Kazan Tatar Idioms and Phrases

Hayrani Altıntaş: Ahmed Midhat, an author from Istanbul and the Northern Turks

Igor Belich: Written sources on the history of islamization of Siberia

Alfina Sibgatullina: Sufi motives in the Tatar literature of the pre-revolutionary period

Uldis Berzins: About the problems of translation of Quran to Western-european languages

Alexey Korobeynikov: Qibla-oriented Public Facilities of Medieval Hillforts



Visit to the department of manuscripts and rare books of the Lobachevsky Scientific Library, Kazan State University

Conclusive session

Report of the session leaders

Concluding remarks of the conference organizers

Closing of the conference