Soviet and Russian historian. Doctor of political Sciences, Professor. Corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan. 2006-present — rector of the Russian Islamic University. In 1977 he graduated from the historical faculty of the Kazan state University. From 1977 to 1984 — Junior researcher, Institute of language, literature and history named after G. Ibragimov of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. 1992-1995 — senior researcher of the Institute of language, literature and history named after G. Ibragimov. From 1996 to 2006 — head of Department scientific and methodical work of the Institute of Tatar encyclopedia, Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan. Since 2001 — head of Department of social thought and Islamic studies of the Institute of history, Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan. December 2006-present — rector of the Russian Islamic Institute.
Main directions of scientific activities of Rafik Mukhametshin focused in the field of Islamic studies. R. M. Mukhametshin as a scholar-a scholar widely known to the scientific community of the Republic of Tatarstan and Russia. The range of his scientific interests is vast: the history of Tatar social thought, Islamic studies and political processes in Russia and the modern world. He is the author of about 120 scientific publications, including 6 monographs totaling more than 100 p. L. Under the leadership of Rafik Mukhametshin prepared more than ten candidates and doctors of Sciences. He is the author of several books, including which has become the fundamental "Tatars and Islam in the twentieth century" (Kazan, 2003) and "Islam in public and political life of the Tatars and Tatarstan" (Kazan, 2005). R. M. Mukhametshin is a member of research teams in a number of international publications. In 1997, under his editorship he published a collection of "L islam de Russie" (Paris, 1997), in 2002, Rafik Mukhametshin participated in the writing of the monograph "Islam in Post-Soviet Russia. Public and private faces" (London and New York). Rafik Mukhametshin took part in many international scientific conferences in Japan, USA, Turkey, Germany, UK, France, Iran, Uzbekistan. Rafik Mukhametshin is a member of two doctoral dissertation Councils for the history, political science and sociology. Member of the Expert Council under the Committee for religious Affairs under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Tatarstan.
Laureate of the State prize of the Republic of Tatarstan in science and technology (2005).
“In Russia, theological traditions are lost, so to revive theology on their own is impossible. This is an urgent need – the invitation of foreign experts, so they took in the scope of those items for which we have no experts.”