Academy rector’s welcoming speech

Dear guests and participants of II International Forum “Theological
Heritage of Muslims in Russia”, colleagues:

I greet all of you on behalf of the teaching staff and students of Bolgar Islamic Academy and thank you for being with us today.

International Forum “Theological Heritage of Muslims in Russia” is being held for the second time. The main goal of this scientific forum is the revival of the national school of Islamic theology, preservation and enhancement of the centuries-old educational and scientific Muslim heritage. It is symbolic that it takes place within the walls of Bolgar Islamic Academy, which today is one of the main sites on the Spiritual Silk Road. The international forum is held as part of federal project for training specialists with profound knowledge of history and culture of Islam. It is supported by the authorities of the Republic of Tatarstan and Support fund for Islamic culture, science and education, with the assistance of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Russian Federation, Central Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Russia, Spiritual Administration of Muslims of the Russian Federation and Spiritual Administration of Muslims of the Republic of Tatarstan.

We are delighted that leading Muslim theologians from Russia and abroad, representatives of academic science, public institutions and government bodies have gathered at our Academy. Our country develops the closest and most versatile relations with the states of the Islamic world, as an observer, actively interacts with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. In addition, an important role in expanding such contacts, implementing international humanitarian projects is played by international forums like ours. The forum is an exchange of experience in the best practice of scientific research, discussions and disputes that certainly arise from the reports. We, in turn, are anxiously awaiting the start of discussions on a wide range of topics outlined in the forum program.

Today, training programs are being actively improved; the range of areas of master’s, doctoral studies, scientific research, additional education programs for imams and specialists in working with youth on state-confessional relations is expanding. Bolgar Islamic Academy makes a significant contribution to the preservation and enhancement of best traditions of national religious education. We are proud to announce that at the beginning of October, the Academy hosted a solemn ceremony of awarding diplomas to doctors of Islamic sciences of the second graduating group. In addition, work continues on additional professional educational programs for professional retraining of personnel.

I am confident that the constructive spirit of participants and the desire for an open dialogue will contribute to the further revival of the theological heritage of Muslims in Russia. I wish all the participants of the conference interesting work, useful business contacts, which can later turn into effective scientific cooperation. I wish you fruitful and successful work!

Kind regards and prayers,

Rector of Bolgar Islamic Academy

D.M. Abdrakhmanov

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