MISSIONARY ORIENTAL STUDIES IN KAZAN IN THE XIX – EARLY XX CENTURIES
Authors: Марс ХАБИБУЛЛИН
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Kazan spiritual academy in second half of XIX – early XX centuries was the largest religious, educational, missionary and scientific institution in Russia, one of the leading centers for the study of history, culture, ethnography and turkic languages, finno-ugric and mongolian peoples, the countries of the East, of islam and christianity. The teachers are missionary departments of the Kazan spiritual academy made a significant contribution to the historical-confessional and ethnopolitical studies of Turkic, Finno-Ugric and Mongolian peoples of Russia, preservation and development of languages in the formation of national education, contributed to the integration of peoples into a single cultural, educa¬tional and information space of the Russian state. Professor of missionary departments of the academy have identified and collected a huge variety of materials (historical, linguistic, ethnographic) on the Tatar, the Mari, the Chuvash, the Udmurts, the Mordovians, which is of great importance for the study of the origins of modern interethnic and inter-confessional relations in the Republic of Tatarstan and the Russian Federation.