Renat Bekkin holds a PhD in Economics. He received his doctoral degree in Economics from the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. His thesis analyses the Islamic economic model and financial institutions and their place in the world economy.
Bekkin is the author of twelve monographs and more than sixty articles published in Russian and foreign peer-reviewed journals (including the monographs Insurance in Islamic Law: Theory and Practice (three editions: 2001, 2012, 2015); Islamic Economic Model Nowadays (three editions: 2008, 2009, 2010); Muslim Petersburg (2016).
Renat Bekkin was the founder and chief of the Islamic Studies Department at Kazan Federal University (2010-2015). In 2015, he founded and became editor-in-chief of the academic journal, the Kazan Islamic Review. In 2015, Bekkin was awarded the title “Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences” by the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Now Professor Bekkin is a PhD candidate at Södertörn University (Sweden). His thesis investigates the Christian-Muslim relationships in Russia with a particular focus on the interaction between Christian and Muslim religious organisations.
Areas of interest: Islamic law; Islamic finance; Islam in Russia; modern Islamic movements; Islamophobia.