This book contains thirty-five research papers that were presented during the Second International Symposium on Islamic Civilisation in Volga-Ural Region, which was held in Kazan, Tatarstan (Russian Federation) on 24-26 June 2005. The papers are published in their original languages, either Russian, English or Turkish, cited here in the order of number of papers in each.
Under the patronage of the President of Tatarstan His Excellency Mintimer Shaimiev, in the presence of Prof. Ekmeleddin ?hsano?lu, Secretary General of the OIC, and with the cooperation of governmental and academic circles concerned from the Russian Federation and Tatarstan, the symposium enjoyed high academic quality and a remarkable rate of participation. It succeeded in generating studies on a large variety of topics on key constituents of culture in the Volga-Ural region including the written sources that constitute the Volga-Ural intellectual heritage, religion, ethno-cultural identity, ideological movements, high culture, arts and architecture, the multi-cultural influences and the Islamic component in the formation of these processes. Besides, the congress was placed within the framework of the commemoration program of the millennium of Kazan City. The first congress in the series was also held in Kazan in 2001, under the patronage of the President of Tatarstan H.E. Mintimer Shaimiev, and its proceedings were published by IRCICA.
The present book was launched during the third congress on this theme which has been held in Ufa, Bashkortostan, under the patronage of H.E. Murtaza Rakhimov, President of the Republic, on 14-16 October 2008. It contains interesting and instructive articles and also the speeches delivered at the opening by the President of Tatarstan Mintimer Shaimiev, OIC Secretary General Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, and IRCICA Director General Dr. Halit Eren.