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University of Oxford

Bucerius Pre-Doctoral Grant

Nation-Building and the Regulation of Islam in a Nation-State and Multi-Nation State: Kazakhstan and Russia


This project compares the dual processes of top-down government constructed nation building via the regulation of Islam and the bottom-up response to such efforts in the nation-state of Kazakhstan and the multi-nation state of Russia (focusing on Tatarstan). It will comprise an assessment of how two governments have undertaken nation building in terms of constructing a religious identity and regulating its expression, and a subsequent bottom-up evaluation of the effectiveness of these efforts. It is pertinent, at both a theoretical and applied level, to assess the effectiveness of top- down constructed methods of nation building, particularly different strategies engaged by national and regional governments in a nation state compared to a multi-nation state, which to date has largely been neglected in the literature.

Rebecca Fradkin is a doctoral candidate at the University of Oxford in the Department of Politics and International Relations and at Nuffield College. Rebecca previously received a Master in Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Comparative Government from Oxford. Additionally, she holds three Bachelor of Arts degrees from Miami University of Ohio in: Political Science (Diplomacy and Global Politics); Comparative Religion; and Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies. Rebecca Fradkin´s research interests pertain to religion and politics with a regional focus on Central Asia and Russia.

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