REL-02
Islam and Moral Economy in Central Asia and Russia

Convenors:
Oleg Yarosh (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)
Marintha Miles (George Washington University)
Chair:
Marintha Miles
Discussant:
Oleg Yarosh
Theme:
REL
Location:
Posvar 3911
Start time:
26 October, 2018 at 9:00
Session slots:
1

Abstract:

In this panel, we explore how Muslim entrepreneurs in present-day Central Asia and Russia understand, articulate, and implement certain moral imperatives suggested by Islam with regard to economic activities, social relations, and society as a whole. Central to this discussion is the notion of social justice in the context of (semi)-free markets, transitioning and/or fluctuating economies, and (semi)-authoritarian regimes that underlie the economic and social conditions within which the entrepreneurs operate. We examine some of the ways these entrepreneurs make sense of and negotiate their identities as successful business practitioners, observant Muslims, and ensurers of economic (and therefore moral) balance in their respective societies where structural problems allow them to prosper but pose a challenge to the notion of social justice. In this panel, we present qualitative research carried out in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Russia (Tatarstan).