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Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Theology Professor Promoting Education Shot in Russia’s Dagestan

Posted by Info on 08/06/2011

Rector of a theology institute in Russia’s mainly-Muslim Dagestan republic Maksud Ibnugadzharovich Sadikov was one of the founders of the first academic institutions in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus region to offer both secular and religious teachings.
He and his nephew accompanying him were shot by and unknown assailant by the entrance of his house.

Sadikov had been rector of the Institute of Theology and International Relations in Dagestani capital Makhachkala since 2003 and tried to promote education as the greatest weapon in the fight against religious extremism.

He also headed a project to translate the Koran into Russian and the editorial board of the Imam Shamil encyclopedia. He was involved in politics and held various federal government posts in the 1990s.

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