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Russian Islamic University opens in Grozny, with Putinís blessing
asianews.it ^ | August 22, 2009

Posted on 08/25/2009 1:48:21 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

Moscow (AsiaNews / Agencies) – The Russian Islamic University, inaugurated in Grozny, on August 21 is called Kunta-Haji, in honor the Sufi mystic who in the mid nineteenth century preached non-violence in Chechnya.

The ceremony was opened by a video message in which Vladimir Putin, the Russian premier said: "There are three million Muslims in our country and they all consider Russia as their home, their mother country and we welcome the recovery Islamic traditions". The words of the Prime Minister in Moscow echoed those of Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya's president, who announced a future for the country without the influence of Wahhabi Islam and extremism.

The University of Grozny was founded on Kadyrov’s direct initiative through the Chechen Spiritual Governance for Muslims. Centres of Islamic culture also involved in the implementation of the courses include the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, and Abu-Nour in Damascus. Along with courses in Muslim culture and doctrine students also study subjects taught in public universities in the country: Russian, Chechen and English as well as sociology, political science and philosophy. The Kunta-Haji is not the first Islamic university founded with the blessing of the Kremlin. Already in 2000 an Islamic University of Russia opened its doors in Tatarstan under the direct control of the Russian Ministry for Education. Now just as then, says Ravil Gainutdin, president of the Russian Council of muftis, the University of Kazan was born “to protect the country from foreign extremist teachings”.

The Kunta-Haji aims to promote traditional Muslim culture of Chechnya against external influences in a country where Islamic extremism has always played a decisive role in the twenty-year conflict between the separatists in Grozny and the Kremlin.


TOPICS: Current Events; Islam
KEYWORDS: caucasus; kadyrov; putin; russia

1 posted on 08/25/2009 1:48:21 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Dream on Putin.

You will learn the hard way just like the rest of Western Europe and the US is....


2 posted on 08/25/2009 1:55:01 PM PDT by cranked
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Even Kazan is going to the dogs. Pathetic.


3 posted on 08/25/2009 1:59:33 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (The way to destroy a countercultural movement is to have white people start liking it.)
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To: cranked

I’m sure several of the “students” there will be FSB agents and if anyone there turns out to be a radical...well Russia is a big place and people get lost there all the time.


4 posted on 08/25/2009 4:04:38 PM PDT by Raymann
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To: Raymann
Maybe, but its more like they are looking for recruits. The old Soviet Union had quite a bit of responsibility for modern day terrorism, especially from the Middle East.
5 posted on 08/25/2009 5:47:13 PM PDT by DarkWaters ("Deception is a state of mind --- and the mind of the state" --- James Jesus Angleton)
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