Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elmira Akhmetova, a Tatar scholar from Russia, is an Associate Professor in Department of History and Civilization, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), and an Adjunct Associate Professor at University of South Australia. Before joining IIUM, she served as a Research Fellow at International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia, studying history of Islam in Russia and current political developments, which are reflected in her two books, entitled “Islam in Russia: Historical Facts and Current Developments” (IAIS Monograph Series, 2013) and “Politics and Islam at the Age of Nationalism: The Conception of Pan-Islamism and the Issue of the Caliphate in Russia and Turkey” (IIUM Press, 2017). She obtained her PhD from IIUM in 2014, where she did research on Pan-Islamism in Russia in the beginning of the 20th century. In 2005, she joined Centre for Islamic Studies (ISAM), Istanbul, Turkey, as a visiting scholar, working on the project entitled “Musa Jarullah: Career, Scholarship and Impact.” Akhmetova is the author and editor of several books in the areas of Islam in Russia, Islamic Political Thought, Diplomacy in Islam, Nationalism in the Muslim World, and has more than sixty articles and book chapters to her credit. She annually prepares reports on Islam in Russia for the prominent Brill Publications volume of Yearbook of Muslims in Europe since 2009. She also serves as Editor-in-Chief of IIUM Journal of Religion and Civilizational Studies, and Associate Editor of Brill Journal of Muslims in Europe. She is also a recipient of High Impact Responsible Innovation Award, Top 30 Contributors to IIUM Research Performance Awards in 2019 and 2020, and Journal Article Publication Award (Gold, 2020).


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