WiP: “Between Shattering Empires: The Patterns of Islamic Reformism in Daghestan”

Naira Sahakyan, Yerevan State University

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are proud to present the 1st talk of the 2021 Spring Series of the Tbilisi Works-in-Progress series!

How did the Muslim reformists emerge as a group in Daghestan? What where the main patterns of Daghestani Islamic reformism? This project examines these questions in the context of the collapsing Russian and the Ottoman empires. Dr. Sahakyan will first trace the main sources of influence on the Daghestani reformists, and then will show how the small imperial city of Temir Khan Shura accommodated the Daghestani reformists, who despite their traditional educational backgrounds failed to find their way back to the mountains. Naira Sahakyan is Lecturer of History of Islam at the Yerevan State University and a Library affiliate-researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Oriental Studies from Yerevan State University and a Ph.D from the University of Amsterdam. Naira began her doctoral project at the European University at St. Petersburg and continued it at the University of Amsterdam, where she defended her dissertation entitled *Muslim Reformism in Daghestan: Islamic Politics and Muslim Education After the Russian Revolution*.
Although this presentation will take place in virtual format, in observation of the spirit of the Chatham House Rule to which the series generally adheres, the talk will not be recorded and we courteously request that the other participants refrain from recording and/or distributing it as well. The opinions expressed in WiP talks are those of the speakers alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views of CRRC, ARISC or of American Councils.
WiP is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that normally takes place at the new office of CRRC at Liziko Kavtaradze St. 1. It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public.