International Forum “Theological Heritage of Muslims in Russia”

The International Forum “Theological Heritage of Muslims in Russia” is an annual event held by Bolgar Islamic Academy with assistance from the authorities of the Republic of Tatarstan and the Fund for support of Islamic culture, science and education, with the support of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, Central Spiritual Board of Muslims of Russia, Spiritual Board of Muslims of the Russian Federation and Spiritual Board of Muslims of the Republic of Tatarstan.

The forum’s main goal is to unite the efforts of the scientific and expert communities, as well as public and religious figures, in discussing and working out solutions for the important issues concerning preserving, studying, and developing traditional Islamic spiritual values of Muslim peoples in Russia, developing domestic Islamic studies and Islamic education, strengthening cultural, civilizational, and interreligious dialogue in the conditions of modern Russia and globalization in the world.

Key areas of the forum:

  • Muslim scholars of the Russian Empire: traditional view and new approaches to studying their heritage;
  • Intra-faith dialogue in the Muslim community: past, present and future;
  • Interfaith harmony and overcoming radicalism;
  • History of Islam and Islamic culture in the fate of Russia: a glance from the past to the future;
  • Methodology of fatwa making;
  • Conceptual foundations for the development of higher Islamic education in the contemporary world: domestic and foreign experience;
  • Intellectual tradition of Russian Islam in the context of general Islamic thought: methodological foundations of comparative research in the light of modern challenges and trends;
  • Discovery, collection, storage and description of samples of the written heritage of the Muslim peoples in Russia and neighboring countries as an important field for humanities;
  • National-civil and confessional identity of Muslim youth in Russia and abroad: foundations of formation and conditions for development;
  • Scientific-methodological and information exchange of achievements between Russian and foreign scientists in the field of higher Islamic education development;

Participants and guests of the event will have the opportunity to become acquainted with the activities of Bolgar Islamic Academy, as well as visit the Bolgar Historical and Architectural Museum-Reserve – the world’s northernmost monument of medieval Muslim architecture, a unique example of the Bulgarian-Tatar architecture of the mid-13th-14th centuries.

Terms of participation

Islamic scholars, theologists, religious scholars, historians, representatives of scientific and educational organizations, students, religious and public figures are invited to participate in the Forum.

Participation can be in any of the following formats:

  • In person: oral or poster presentation, participation in discussions;
  • Online: participation via remote communications with the submission of the paper for publication;
  • Virtually: submission of the paper for publication.

Participants will be provided with simultaneous translation into the working languages of the forum, as well as the necessary technical support of the event.


Bolgar Islamic Academy
Phone: +7 (843) 590 23 79
E-mail: forum@bolgar.academy

1A Kul Gali St., Bolgar, Republic of Tatarstan, 422840, Russian Federation

Representative office in Kazan:

27 Nursultan Nazarbayev St., Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, 420049, Russian Federation


International Bolgar Forum “Theological Heritage of Muslims in Russia” has been held by Bolgar Islamic Academy since 2019. The forum is an international scientific platform for the interaction between prominent Russian and foreign scientists and experts, Islamic scholars, theologians, religious scholars, historians, representatives of authorities, heads and representatives of state and non-state educational institutions and research centers, religious, public and political figures, teachers and students of universities in Russia and foreign countries.