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                muslim A steady stream of devout Muslims pours into the Sobornaya Mosque on a cold, grey Friday afternoon. The Arabic call to prayer echoes
incongruously among Soviet-era apartment buildings and monolithic relics of  Moscow’s 1980 Olympics. 

A steady stream of devout Muslims pours into the on a cold, grey Friday afternoon. The Arabic call to prayer echoesincongruously among Soviet-era apartment buildings and monolithic relics of  Moscow’s 1980 Olympics. As usual, the mosque’s blue walls cannot contain the hundreds of people
looking to pray. “I’m sorry, it’s full,” a bearded man in a white skullcap repeats again and again to worshippers showing up at the doors. Soon, the courtyard outside the mosque is crammed with men removing their hats and shoes to pray. Some lay down elaborate prayer mats of finely woven silk; others settle for tattered newspapers. When the men kneel in the direction of Mecca, their foreheads press against hard concrete. 

Russia is in the midst of startling transformation. Islamic faith is thriving across the country. If current trends continue, experts say, more than half of Russia’s population will be Muslim by mid-century. 

Few expect it will be an easy transition. Tensions are already high between the country’s ethnic Russian population and the diverse group of nationalities that make up the Muslim community. Inter-ethnic violence is on the rise and extreme nationalist groups are gaining influence. 

Muslim leaders say the Russian media is fuelling antagonism. Many Russians associate Islam with religious extremists from Chechnya who have carried out dozens of bombings and other attacks against civilians. On Russian television, Muslims are most often portrayed as either criminals or religious radicals waging a holy war against Christians. One of Russia’s bestselling novels last year, The Mosque of Notre Dame de Paris, depicts a mid-21st century Europe where Islam is the state religion and Christians are forced to live in ghettos. 

 

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