Skip to comments.Muslim revival brings polygamy, camels to Chechnya
Posted on 12/28/2009 6:48:41 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
Hardline Kremlin-backed leader Ramzan Kadyrov is vying with insurgents for authority in a land ravaged by two secessionist wars with Moscow. Each side is claiming Islam as its flag of legitimacy, each reviles the other as criminal and blasphemous.
Wary of the dangers of separatism in a vast country, Moscow watches uneasily as central power yields to Islamic tenets. It must chose what it might see as the lesser of two evils.
Though polygamy is illegal in Russia, the southern Muslim region of Chechnya encourages the practice, arguing it is allowed by sharia law and the Koran, Islam's holiest book. ....
The head of Chechnya's Center for Spiritual-Moral Education, Vakha Khashkanov, set up by Kadyrov a year ago, said Islam should take priority over laws of the Russian constitution.
"If it is allowed in Islam, it is not up for discussion," he told Reuters near Europe's largest mosque, which glistens in central Grozny atop the grounds where the Communist party had its headquarters before the Soviet Union fell in 1991.
"As long as you can feed your wives, and there's equality amongst them, then polygamy is allowed in Chechnya," he added.
Islam is flourishing in Chechnya which, along with its neighbors Dagestan and Ingushetia, is combating an Islamist insurgency which aims to create a Muslim, sharia-based state separate from Russia across the North Caucasus. ....
Political analysts say that in exchange for successfully hunting out Islamist fighters, the Kremlin turns a blind eye to Kadyrov's Muslim-inspired rules.
Today Grozny's cafes hold men sipping smuggled beer out of teacups as alcohol has been all but banned, single-sex schools and gyms are becoming the norm and women must cover their heads in government buildings.
(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...
Hey Joe was one of Vlady backed guys I wonder how Pootie Poot think about this
All the russophiles were telling us how Putin knew how to deal with Muslims. I think he does - next thing we know, he’ll have established Islam as Russia’s sole official religion.
I thought in Islam it is forbidden to be married to more then one camel?? No??
I wonder what HOLY GOATS sell for?
Starved for sex.