Thursday, 14.09.2023, 13.00-17.30 Seminar room -201
Old University Basel, Rheinsprung 9, 4051 Basel
Although present-day Ukraine is a mainly Christian country, Islam has deep roots in the area. The Ukrainian lands were once a frontier between the Christian and the Islamic worlds, with Crimea being home to the Crimean Khanate, one of the successor states to the Golden Horde, which ceased to exist only in the late 18th century with the occupation of the peninsula by the Russian Empire. Today, Ukraine’s Muslim communities account for about 1 million people, most of whom are Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians, and people from Muslim countries who came to Ukraine long ago. In 2021, Crimean Tatars, along with Karaites and Krymchaks were recognized as indigenous peoples of Ukraine, with the right to self-rule and representation in the Ukrainian parliament.
This workshop aims to shed light on the undeservedly overlooked Muslim heritage in Ukraine, exploring the long-established historical roots of Islam in the region, as well as highlight the challenges the ongoing Russian war against Ukraine poses towards these communities.
The workshop is co-organized by Olena Palko (University of Basel) and Mykhaylo Yakubovych (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg), and is part of the BASEES Study Group for Minority History program. The workshop is supported by URIS – “Ukrainian Research in Switzerland” initiative
Elmaz Asanova (Kyiv/Cambridge) Martin-Oleksandr Kisly (Kyiv) Elmira Muratova (Simferopol/Aarhus) Olena Sobolieva (Kyiv/Basel) Akif Tahiiev (Kharkiv/Göttingen) Mykhailo Yakubovych (Freiburg)
13:00-13:15: Welcome / Introduction by F. Benjamin Schenk and Olena Palko
13:15-15:00 Panel 1: Islam and Muslims in Ukraine’s History
Mykhaylo Yakubovych (Freiburg), Towards an Intellectual History of Crimean Khanate
Elmaz Asanova (Kyiv/Cambridge), Russification of Crimea and its impact on Indigenous Communities at the Turn of 18-19th centuries
Martin Kisly (Kyiv), Claiming the Homeland. Crimean Tatars’ Deportation and Return
Chair: Olena Palko (Basel)
15:00-15:30: Coffee break
15:30- 17:15 Panel 2: Muslim Communities in Ukraine since 1991
Olena Sobolieva (Kyiv/Basel), Violence, Belonging and Mobility. Crimean Tatar case of repatriation.
Elmira Muratova (Simferopol/Aarhus), Survival Strategies of Crimean Tatars in Occupied Crimea: Memory, Culture, and Religion
Akif Tahiiev (Kharkiv), Impact of Russian-Ukrainian war on perception of marja’ at-taqlid system in Ukrainian Shia communities
Chair: Botakoz Kassymbekova (Basel)
17:15-17:30: Concluding remarks