Transnational Islamic Networks in Russia and Ukraine
Anna Munster, Robert Bosch Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
While the transnational spread of radical Islam captures the media and public attention, many Islamic groups in Russia and Ukraine are members of larger transnational networks whose preferred model of engagement is through civil society.
This roundtable will focus on these forms of Islam that can be described as civil or cosmopolitan. Anna Munster will discuss these emerging Islamic networks, their ideology, tactics and agenda as they strive to be 'conduits of change' in the Muslim community and society at large. She will explore how a 'sharia-compliant' civil society involves social interaction within the parameters of Islam in the public sphere, academia, and the traditional and digital media.
Anna will speak for approximately 15 minutes, followed by an hour for questions and discussion.