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Uzbek Official Reprimanded by Senate for Rude Remarks on Beards and Hijabs
October 03, 2019

Uzbek Official Reprimanded by Senate for Rude Remarks on Beards and Hijabs

By Catherine Putz
Shuhrat Ghaniev, governor of Fergana and a senator, was rebuked by the Senate for an ethics violation.

Religion, Beards, and Uzbekistan’s Secular Government
September 09, 2019

Religion, Beards, and Uzbekistan’s Secular Government

By Umida Hashimova
The president of Uzbekistan reacted with new appointment and policy changes following the latest beard-shaving raids.
Kyrgyzstan Attempts to Isolate Local Islam
August 28, 2019

Kyrgyzstan Attempts to Isolate Local Islam

By Elmurat Ashiraliev
Kyrgyz authorities profess a separation of state and religion while also paradoxically preferring one version of Islam.

Hijab Hubbub: Tajikistan Sets Up Commission to Combat 'Alien' Clothing
July 26, 2017

Hijab Hubbub: Tajikistan Sets Up Commission to Combat 'Alien' Clothing

By Catherine Putz
The commission will be taking “Tajik traditions” and “modern” life into consideration in promoting "appropriate" clothing.

Nuance Needed: Religious Laws and Enforcement in Tajikistan
May 27, 2017

Nuance Needed: Religious Laws and Enforcement in Tajikistan

By Catherine Putz
“Do people know what the laws are? If not, do the laws matter?”

How Exactly Did Kazakhstan Help Turkish-Russian Rapprochement Along?
August 13, 2016

How Exactly Did Kazakhstan Help Turkish-Russian Rapprochement Along?

By Catherine Putz
More on Kazakh-Russian relations, troubling constitutional changes brewing in Kyrgyzstan, and a beard story; links.

The Beard Shavers of Tajikistan
January 22, 2016

The Beard Shavers of Tajikistan

By Catherine Putz
Plus some new perspectives on Central Asia: recommended reads.
Tajikistan to Local Police: Stop Forcibly Shaving Muslims
April 29, 2015

Tajikistan to Local Police: Stop Forcibly Shaving Muslims

By Catherine Putz
Police should only remind young men to "take care of themselves and observe personal hygiene," not actually shave them

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