On October 29–31, 2014 the Kazan Federal University hosted the Fourth Kazan International Academic Forum “Islam in the Multicultural World”. Every year the Forum has a different central theme. This year it explored the adaptation and integration of Muslim minority communities in various European countries. The Forum has already established itself as an important major academic venue for discussion of current issues in the field of Islamic studies and other academic disciplines devoted to the study of Muslim societies. Participants arrived in Kazan from different countries: Finland, the USA, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Netherlands, Poland, Hungary, Sweden, Germany, Russia.
On 5 November 2014 the first workshop of the Forum for took place. Anastasia Ulangina, a PhD student from the Department of Oriental studies talked about “Views of Islam in the Modern Saudi Novel”. Ulangina’s presentation resulted in a lively discussion of tensions between a quest for freedom of expression and Islamic norms and patriarchal constraints in the conservative societies of the Gulf. (more…)