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Prominent Russian Islamic Philosopher Geidar Dzhemal Dies At 69

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Geidar Dzhemal, a prominent Islamic philosopher and public figure in Russia, has died in Moscow at the age of 69.

Friends said that Dzhemal died on December 5 after a battle with a disease they did not identify.

Dzhemal came to prominence in the mid-1980s, during Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s glasnost and perestroika reforms.

He was a supporter of the creation of the Islamic Renaissance Party in the Soviet Union.

In 1990, Dzhemal established an information center and the Al-Vakhdat newspaper in Moscow.

In 1995, after the 1991 Soviet collapse, he created and led an interregional movement called The Islamic Committee in Russia.

Dzhemal was a host of several television programs in Russia about Islam and Islamic countries.

Friends of Dzhemal’s wrote on social networks that he will be buried on December 6 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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