A rare book in Ottoman language, printed in Cairo, gives valuable information on the Tatars in Russia and parts of China in the 19th century.
The author Abdurreshid Ibrahim (1857–1944) was a Russia-born Tatar, who was known for his controversial ideas such as uniting the Crimean Tatars and combining Sunni Islam and Shia Islam.
Around 1900 Abdurreshid travelled to the Ottoman Empire, through Cairo to Hejaz, and then through France, central Europe and the Balkans back to Russia. Due to his radical ideas he was expelled from the Ottoman Empire in 1902, after which he left for Tokyo, where he became the first Imam of the newly founded Mosque. It was not long, until Abdurreshid Ibrahim was expelled from Tokyo as well, due to the pressure of the Russian ambassador. Eventually he returned to Russia, where he became a member of a liberal-democratic party of Muslims in Russian Empire, Ittifaq al-Muslimin.
References: Özege 17176. OCLC 642987775, 315033479, 83772470 (with many e-books?). Sato Tsugitaka, Muslim Societies: Historical and Comparative Aspects, 2004, p. 52.
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