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In Pursuit of Islamic Art in Moscow

  • Galina Lasikova
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Part of the Heritage Studies in the Muslim World book series (HSMW)

Abstract

This chapter addresses the representation of Islamic art in Russia by its national museums over the last few decades, and the more recent experiences of a private foundation—the Mardjani Foundation for Support and Development of Research and Cultural Programmes—in attempting to change Russian attitudes towards Islamic art, particularly in Moscow.

Islam is one of the long-established religions of the Russian territories, and the Muslim population is substantial, but thus far Islam has never been the focus of any national museum institution in Russia. This chapter outlines the Foundation’s activities in collecting, research, publishing, and organising public programming and partnership activities with existing museums and galleries. A decade after the Foundation’s creation, appreciation of Islamic culture in Moscow has substantially improved and the idea of creating a national museum dedicated to Islamic art is now being discussed at the state level.

Keywords

Exhibitions Museums in Russia Moscow museums Ethnography Soviet legacy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Galina Lasikova
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  1. 1.Mardjani Foundation for Support and Development of Research and Cultural ProgrammesMoscowRussia

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