The History of Islam in Western Siberia: Interdisciplinary Approach to Chronology and Periodization

Bylye Gody. 2015;38(4):798-807


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Journal Title: Bylye Gody

ISSN: 2073-9745 (Print); 2310-0028 (Online)

Publisher: Sochi State University

LCC Subject Category: History (General) and history of Europe: History of Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics

Country of publisher: Russian Federation

Language of fulltext: English, Russian

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Sergey F. Tataurov (Оmsk State University n.а. F.М. Dostoevskiy, Russian Federation )
Mikhail A. Korusenko (Оmsk State University n.а. F.М. Dostoevskiy, Russian Federation )


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The article is devoted to the problem of determining the period and mode of the spread of Islam in Western Siberia. The authors analyze the criteria for singling out the evidence of Muslim burial rite in the materials of burial complexes of the XIII-XVIII centuries. Historical, ethnographical and archeological approaches are analyzed. The authors note uneven study of the problem in the frames of history, ethnography and especially archeology. In the fields of history and ethnography considerable data on the problem of Islam penetration into Western Siberia has been accumulated. Archeology is just approaching the problem. The authors have put forward a hypothesis of the process of introduction of the new religion into the region. In its constraints the factors which affected the spread of Islam among the Turkic-speaking population of Western Siberia have been considered. A conclusion is made about breaking this process into stages of initial penetration, transformation of Islam into the religion of the elite, gradual transition to the formation of the first Muslim communities and ultimate Islamisation of the Siberian Tatars.