Polygyny Amongst Muslims in the Russian Federation

International Studies: Interdisciplinary Political and Cultural Journal. 2018;21(1):141-155 DOI 10.18778/1641-4233.21.10


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Journal Title: International Studies: Interdisciplinary Political and Cultural Journal

ISSN: 2300-8695 (Online)

Publisher: Sciendo

Society/Institution: The University of Lodz

LCC Subject Category: Political science: Political science (General)

Country of publisher: Poland

Language of fulltext: English

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Kończak Izabela (University of Lodz, Department of Middle East and North Africa,Lodz, Poland)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 28 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

Polygynous families had been living legally in Russia in the areas inhabited by Muslims from the October Revolution to the mid-twentieth century. However, such a family model was not common among the followers of Islam. An act penalizing bigamy or polygamy was introduced into the Penal Code in 1960. During perestroika, and later changes in the political system, imams who came from abroad began to visit areas inhabited by Muslims. They contributed to the rebirth of religion and promoted the idea of polygamy. Polygyny is the visible sign of dissimilarity and Muslim identity and was an important point in their teaching. In this context the number of polygynous relationships in Russia has increased significantly. The article is dedicated to the analysis of social and political discourse in Russia that has been taking place for several years.