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Non-existent Islamism. How the Kremlin propaganda is affecting Ukrainian Muslims

Yakubovych, М. (2017) Non-existent Islamism. How the Kremlin propaganda is affecting Ukrainian Muslims. Ukrainian Weekly (9(115)). pp. 42-44.

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"Islam is a very difficult line of work," said the KGB agent in a 1990s comedy. Strangely, these words from an already forgotten Russian film turned out to be almost prophetic for Islam throughout the post-Soviet space. It is no secret that Muslims are perceived to be somewhat different to followers of other religions: the attitude towards them is much more suspicious and this is a trend that has been around for many years. More liberal Muslims will argue that all this is the result of false stereotypes and biases: "Islam is not like that", "Islam means salam, which is peace". Those more radical will quote the Koranic "And never will the Jews or the Christians approve of you until you follow their religion" (Qur'an 2:120). Regardless of who is right, a woman in a hijab (or especially in a niqab) will be perceived differently to how she would be without this garment, while a bearded man with an "eastern accent" will be looked at differently to any typical European.

Item Type: Article
Corporate Creators: Національний університет «Острозька академія» (National University «Ostroh Academy»)
Subjects: by fields of science > Religion
Divisions: The College of Humanities > The Department of Cultural Studies and Philosophy
Depositing User: Галина Цеп'юк
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2020 19:58
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2020 19:58

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