On November 21, the head of the department for interaction with religious organizations of the department of the president of the Russian federation for internal policy Evgeny Yeremin paid a working visit to the Kazan office of the Bolgar Islamic academy.

Rector of the academy Farkhat Khusnutdinov, vice-rector for development Aynur Sultanov, vice-rector for educational activities Rustem Gilmutdinov, vice-rector for scientific activities Ruslan Khazrat Tagirov met the distinguished guest. the meeting was also attended by Albert Dirzizov, head of the department for interaction with religious associations of the department of internal policy of the Rais of the Republic of Tatarstan.

Conducting a tour of the building of the historical madrasah “Marjaniya”, where the Kazan representative office of the academy is currently located, the rector shared plans for further development of the infrastructure of the representative office.

Rustem Gilmutdinov, vice-rector for educational activities, informed about the results of the last working meeting on the implementation of the concept of the Bolgar scientific-educational cluster.

“At the request of teachers and students of madrasas and Islamic universities, we travel to the places, conduct lessons and seminars. Now we are reviewing all educational programs, analyzing the available educational and methodological complexes”, – said Rustem Gilmutdinov. He also noted the trainees’ internships in the archives of Moscow, the Republic of Dagestan, the Republic of Bashkortostan, aimed at searching and identifying new sources on the national theological heritage.

Vice-rector for development Aynur Sultanov, in turn, thanked the department for cooperation with religious organizations of the department of the president of the Russian Federation for domestic policy and the fund for support of Islamic culture, science and education for the support of scientific, educational and infrastructural projects of the academy.

Ruslan Khazrat Tagirov spoke about the research works of master’s and doctoral students. In particular, he noted that, in addition to the classical issues of Muslim theology, many works are devoted to the problems of modernity, for example, the issues of plastic surgery and halal-industry.

“In the course of theological and textual analysis, the students of the Academy check, identify errors, make researches, which in the near future may turn into full-fledged scientific publications,” Ruslan Tagirov noted.

In turn, Evgeny Yeremin reminded about the importance of socialization and education of civil identity of students.

“Islam in Tatarstan is spiritual traditions. In Tatarstan, In Tatarstan, all representatives of their own traditional religions and cultures, all of them are ours. The great Tatar enlighteners of the past also had the concept of homeland, loyalty”, – emphasized Evgeny Yeremin, expressing hope that these issues will be thoroughly studied in the research activities of students, teachers and staff of the academy.

Recalling the initial stage of the academy’s establishment and the tasks set before it, Evgeny Yeremin reminded that the ultimate goal of this project is the prosperity of the Russian Ummah. At the same time, according to him, the Bolgar Islamic academy is a unique project not only in Russia, but also in the world. Summing up the meeting, the head of the department for cooperation with religious organizations of the internal policy department of the president of the Russian Federation said:

“The Academy is a model for all Islamic institutions of higher education. Everything here is state-of-the-art, which is also a great incentive for further development. We have our huge theological school, our thinkers are respected in Islamic countries. Our theology is competitive and based on the natural interaction with other religions”.