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Nazarbayev University School of Humanities and Social Sciences hosted an international conference on multi-religious coexistence in the Russian Empire


The Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nazarbayev University hosted an international conference “Religious [In]Tolerance in the Russian Empire” in cooperation with Lev Gumilov Eurasian National University and Yevnei Buketov Karaganda State University on October 5-7th, 2018.  Three hosting universities faculty and scholars from the University of Las Vegas, Miami University in Ohio (USA), Cheliabinsk State University, Hokkaido University in Japan and the National Library of Poland took part in the discussions on how a multi-religious state as the Russian Empire attempted to secure religious peace and interfaith cooperation while defending the dominate religion of Orthodox. The panel discussions on the limit’s of Russia’s toleration of its Muslim population, the role of Islamic law in the imperial structure, the empire’s attempts to regulate interactions between different representatives of different confessions, and the unrealized effort to legalize freedom of conscience were explored at the conference. A final panel was devoted to the legacy of the Russian Empire’s religious policies in the Soviet period.