From 'Good' to 'Right' Islam: The Categories and Concepts in the Modern Russian Analytics and ideology Language


Igor Alexeev, Sofya Ragozina

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24848/islmlg.07.1.05

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In this paper, we examine in detail certain patterns formed in the structure of knowledge about Islam in modern Russia, analyze statements made by a number of representatives of various professional and social groups, and pinpoint certain linguistic and discursive strategies using Laсlau and Mouffe’s (2001) concept of “hegemonic discourse” and a theory of authoritative discourse set forth by Yurchak (2014). The intertextuality of expert, political, and Muslim discourses suggests the emergence of an authoritative Islamic discourse, which, however, can exist only situationally.  The central element of this discourse is a concept of “traditional Islam,” which is one of the most important aspects of our analysis.


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Islamic studies, Islam in Russia, traditional Islam, discursive strategies, knowledge structure, authoritative discourse, hegemonic discourse, ideology.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24848/islmlg.07.1.05