New research on the history of Islam is scheduled to be launched by the RIW Group on June 27, 2018.

the book was penned upon the request by russian foreign minister sergey lavrov  who floated the idea during his speech at the diplomatic academy on February 27, 2017:

“The Russia – Islamic World strategic vision group was set up and dialogue between civilizations plays a central role in its operations. It pursues a series of interesting projects like the History of Christianity in the Middle East, and the History of Islam on Contemporary Russian Territory.

These are important aspects of our shared history because Christianity in the Middle East and Islam in contemporary Russia are not imported ideologies. Christians have lived in the Middle East for two thousand years, just like Muslims in Russia. We understand like nobody else the need for peace between religious and different ethnic groups, and the need to understand each other’s values. We promote dialogue along these lines with Europe. We have a lot of experience and we are ready to share it.

The book authored by Alikber Alikberov, Vladimir Bobrovnikov, and Alfrid Bustanov focuses on the emergence of religious schools, practices, communities since the 7th century onward. The research relies on manuscripts by people in the North Caucasus, Volga and Urals Region and Western Siberia. The launch of the book will take place at 2PM on June 27, 2018 at the Russian Council on International Affairs.

We invite media to cover the event.

Accreditation is open until 6PM June 25. Interested media need to register online.