The photo exhibition Traditions of Islam in Russia is organised by the Russia Muftis Council and the Religious Board of Muslims of the Russian Federation, and has been shown in Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Brunei. In Malaysia, it is held in collaboration with the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Malaysia and the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. Launched on 23 November 2022, the exhibition will run at the Open Space Gallery until 31 December 2022.
Islam in Russia has a long and colourful history. In 922, one Ahmad ibn Fadlan, heading an embassy of the ‘Abbasid caliph al-Muktadir, found himself arriving in the region of Volga Bulgaria, today part of the Republic of Tatarstan. An eminent secretary, ibn Fadlan ardently recorded the details of the journey’s encounters, including one important event: the peoples of Volga-Bulgaria’s milestone entry into the Muslim faith.
1,100 years later, Russia, the world’s largest country, is homeland to some 30 million-strong Muslims, with up to 8,000 mosques. Hailing from numerous ethnicities and inhabiting the country’s magnificent landscapes, the lives of Russia’s Muslims are actively interwoven into the modern Russian fabric. From the arts and lifestyle to sports, Russia’s Muslim society is supported by well-established religious and cultural institutions.
Up to 140 photographs in Traditions of Islam in Russia capture the teeming diversity of Russia’s Muslim life. Divided into Russia’s eight federal districts, the photographs bring together the old and the new — from the Grand Mosque of Moscow to the Kul Sharif Mosque in Kazan, the thousand-year-old capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, and from magnificent ancient fortifications of the city of Bolgar to the solemnity of the 40 graves of the Prophet Muhammad’s early companions in Derbent. The exhibition truly seeks to embody the history of Islam in Russia, from the vast terrains of Siberia to the mighty peaks of the Caucasus.
Traditions of Islam in Russia is held to commemorate the 55th anniversary of Malaysia–Russia bilateral relations, and is dedicated to the 1,100th anniversary of the adoption of Islam by the peoples of the Volga–Bulgaria.
The entire exhibition is also available on http://www.islaminrus.com/.