“History and cultures of Muslim peoples around the Black Sea”: an IRCICA congress in Bucharest, Romania 4-5 November 2014

“History and cultures of Muslim peoples around the Black Sea”: an IRCICA congress in Bucharest, Romania 4-5 November 2014

IRCICA organized, jointly with the University of Bucharest and Babes-Bolyai University, Romania, an International Panel on “History and Cultures of Muslim Peoples around the Black Sea Region” which was held in Bucharest, Romania on 4-5 November 2014. 

Prof. Tasin Cemil, Director of Institute of Turkology and Central-Asian Studies, Babes-Bolyai University, Assoc. Prof. Halit Eren, Director General of IRCICA, Prof. Ioan-Aurel Pop, Rector of Babes-Bolyai University and Prof. Mircea Dumitru, Rector of the University of Bucharest opened the panel with addresses. The message of H.E. Mr. Iyad Amin Madani, Secretary General of the OIC, was read by Dr. Abubaker Ahmed Bagader Al-Amoudi, Director General, Cultural, Social and Family Affairs, OIC General Secretariat.

The participants underlined the importance of this panel for its geographical focus and its treatment of historical subjects that carry relevance for present-time international relations, as well as issues of cultural development and conservation of cultural heritage.

Fourteen scholars and specialists from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia and Turkey presented papers in three working sessions. Professors Zaza Tsurtsumia (“Muslims in Georgia, Past and Present”), Okan Yeşilot (“Caucasian Muslims”), Djengiz Mustafov Hakov (“Muslims in Bulgaria”) and Rafik Mukhametshin (“Tatar Muslims in the Past and Today”) spoke in the first working session. The second session heard Professors Damir Iskhakov (“Muslims in Russia, Past and Present”), Hayri Çapraz (“Russian Policies towards Muslims in the Nineteenth Century”), İsmail Türkoğlu (“New Approaches of Gaspirali to the Educational Life of Muslims around the Black Sea”), and Ahmet Kanlıdere (“Crimean Tatars’ Efforts to Rebuild their Cultural Heritage and Identity in Homeland”). Speakers in the third session were Professors Fehmi Yılmaz (“Cultural History of Crimean Muslims”), Shahin Mustafayev (“Muslims in Caucasia”), Albert Burkhanov (“The Traces of Crimean Khanate”) and Eugen Nicolae (“Islamic Monuments in Moldavia”) gave talks in the last session. Prof. Tasin Cemil and Assoc. Prof. Halit Eren delivered closing remarks.

The papers of the congress will be published by IRCICA. 

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