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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.
Islamic Tourism Has Great Potential in Uzbekistan
May 15, 2019

Islamic Tourism Has Great Potential in Uzbekistan

By Surayyo Usmanova
As Uzbekistan opens to the world, its many important religious sites can form the base of a tourism boom.

What is Tashkent’s Tolerance for Conservative Islam?
October 01, 2018

What is Tashkent’s Tolerance for Conservative Islam?

By Umida Hashimova
Uzbekistan defines the tolerance level in free speech and reveals its fear of conservative Islam.

Conservative Religious Bloggers Detained in Uzbekistan
September 06, 2018

Conservative Religious Bloggers Detained in Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
The arrests cast a pall on Uzbekistan's reform efforts and illustrate the boundaries of Tashkent's tolerance for debate.

Tradition and Changing Ideals Collide in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan
April 04, 2018

Tradition and Changing Ideals Collide in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan

By Toby A. Cox
Some Kyrgyz people believe that Nooruz collides with Muslim values, but the vast majority still celebrate anyway.

Tajikistan and Central Asia's Culture Wars
July 12, 2017

Tajikistan and Central Asia's Culture Wars

By Catherine Putz
There’s no unweaving history’s tapestry in Central Asia.
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?”

The Kyrgyz Baptists: A Case Study in Religious Persecution in Central Asia
February 06, 2017

The Kyrgyz Baptists: A Case Study in Religious Persecution in Central Asia

By Uran Botobekov
The troubling treatment of converted Baptists highlights the growing problem of radicalization in Central Asia.

What Did Kazakhstan Learn from the Almaty Shooting?
November 01, 2016

What Did Kazakhstan Learn from the Almaty Shooting?

By Catherine Putz
Kulikbayev has already admitted guilt, but what lessons will the state draw from the tragedy?

Russia's Syria Policy Upsets Central Asian Muslims
October 18, 2016

Russia's Syria Policy Upsets Central Asian Muslims

By Uran Botobekov
Russia's support of Assad, and bombing of Sunni civilians, is viewed negatively by Central Asians.
At World Islamic Economic Forum, Tajikistan Looks for Support
August 03, 2016

At World Islamic Economic Forum, Tajikistan Looks for Support

By Catherine Putz
Dushanbe looks to parlay its Islamic credentials into increased financial support and investment.

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