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All-Russian Forum of Islamic Culture held in Penza

Penza, July 14, 2022

The forum “Tatars of Russia: National Identity and Religion” began its work on July 14 in the Legislative Assembly of the Penza region, “Penza-press” reports.

The holding of the All-Russian forum is part of the program of celebrating the 1100th anniversary of the official adoption of Islam by the peoples of the Volga Bolgaria.

Before its opening, the participants got acquainted with an exhibition of books, exhibits of the Penza Museum of Local Lore, as well as archaeological finds of the Golden Horde period.

“We can say with confidence that the Tatar people played a huge role in shaping the ethnic and cultural identity of Russia and the Penza region. We find unique historical facts that allow us to recognize ourselves as a single Russian nation,” Pavel Maslov, Minister of Internal and Information Policy of the region, addressed the audience on behalf of Governor of the region Oleg Melnichenko.

Scientists and specialists in the field of Islam, historians, local historians, museum workers and university professors took part in the conference.

The All-Russian Forum was organized by the Tatar National Cultural Autonomy of the Penza Region in cooperation with the World Congress of Tatars, the Government of the Penza Region, and the Central Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Russia.


“A wide range of organizers and partners speaks of the importance of the forum,” said Gennady Belorybkin, moderator of the conference. “The adoption of Islam by the peoples of the Volga Bolgaria is a significant event, as it is part of our history, spiritual and material culture. I hope that today’s conference will be held in a spirit of cooperation and will leave the most pleasant impressions.”



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