Within the framework of the V international Bolgar forum “theological heritage of Muslims in Russia”, which started in the Academy, the presentation of the book of the chairman of the supreme sharia court of Bahrain Ibrahim bin Rashid al- Muraikhi “revival of some chains (isnads) of the theologians of Tatarstan” took place. The voluminous work in Arabic, consisting of three volumes, was published in the printing house of the Bolgar Islamic academy.
The author worked on this study for two years. The book examines the chains of spiritual succession of famous Tatar theologians such as Gabdennasir Qursavi, Shigabutdin Marjani, Murat Ramzi, Abdrashit Ibrahim, Galimjan Barudi, Abdurrashid Ibrahim al-Bukhari al-Tatari al-Sibiri and Sheikh Ahmad Shafig al-Kazani, and others.
Also in the three-volume book, Sheikh al-Muraikhi shares his personal experience of visits to the Republic of Tatarstan. According to him, he tried to repeat Shigabutdin Marjani’s “Safar-Nameh” and told about his visits to Russia and the cities of Tatarstan. In particular, in the book the scholar talks about the special attention to religion from local Muslims, and also talks about the level of infrastructure, religious education system in Tatarstan, as well as the publishing and educational activities of Muslim religious organizations.
Deputy head of the information and publishing center of the academy Yevgeny Khamidov noted that the lands of Tatarstan are the homeland for a large number of theologians, Muslim figures who have gained wide fame around the world.
“In his work, al- Muraikhi not only lists the chains, but also provides a number of ethnographical data, including the titles of works, names of teachers and students of the theologians mentioned, accompanying this with rich illustrative material,” said E. Khamidov.
During the presentation, it was noted that today there are many works devoted to the study of the biography and works of prominent Muslim figures of Russia. However, these works often present to the public the scholars as historians, thinkers, philosophers, whereas Ibrahim al-Muraikhi is one of the first to reveal the significance of these epochal figures in the context of their theological activity.
The work “revival of some chains (isnads) of theologians of Tatarstan” is of interest not only for Tatars, but also for the whole Arab world, as it reveals the spiritual connection between Tatars and the countries of the Muslim East, which began to form even before the arrival of the embassy of the Baghdad Caliphate and the official adoption of Islam by the Volga Bulgaria in 922 and has been preserved to this day.