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Islam in Uzbekistan

Imams in Uzbekistan Asked to Stay off Social Media

Imams in Uzbekistan Asked to Stay off Social Media

By Niginakhon Saida
Uzbek imams and religious bloggers occupy an influential space online in Uzbekistan.

Uzbekistan’s Imams Stand in Solidarity With Palestine, Caution Against Propaganda

Uzbekistan’s Imams Stand in Solidarity With Palestine, Caution Against Propaganda

By Niginakhon Saida
Solidarity with and concerns about Palestine are not a new development among Uzbeks, but there have been a variety of responses to the escalating conflict in the Middle East.
Measuring the Power and Legitimacy of Uzbekistan’s Islamic Leaders

Measuring the Power and Legitimacy of Uzbekistan’s Islamic Leaders

By Niginakhon Saida
The popularity of religious figures in Uzbekistan is tied to their legitimacy, itself derived from their formal positions within government-affiliated religious institutions.

Can Islamic Finance Drive Banking Sector Development in Uzbekistan?

Can Islamic Finance Drive Banking Sector Development in Uzbekistan?

By Shokhrukhkhuja Fakhriddinkhujaev
Although there are challenges, such as a lack of legislation and expertise, Islamic finance may present new avenues for attracting investment.

The Hujra Phenomenon: How Do Uzbekistan’s Children Learn About Islam?

The Hujra Phenomenon: How Do Uzbekistan’s Children Learn About Islam?

By Niginakhon Saida
The apparently increasing number of hujra, clandestine religious classrooms, in Uzbekistan indicates a growing need for formal religious education that is not attainable for many at present.

What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?
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It’s Karimov Era 2.0 for Muslims in Uzbekistan

It’s Karimov Era 2.0 for Muslims in Uzbekistan

By Madina Amin
A new wave of arrests in Uzbekistan have centered on religious lectures, songs, and social media posts, calling up memories of the not-so-distant Karimov era.

Religious Freedom in Uzbekistan: Still Space for Reform

Religious Freedom in Uzbekistan: Still Space for Reform

By Catherine Putz
Despite some promising progress, USCIRF Chair Nury Turkel says Uzbekistan continues to severely restrict religious freedoms.
Uzbekistan’s Islamic Revival, Online

Uzbekistan’s Islamic Revival, Online

By Niginakhon Saida
The content of state-sanctioned Islam conveyed online does not differ from what is published in books, but the delivery makes a difference.

Uzbekistan’s Religious Figures React to Karakalpakstan Unrest

Uzbekistan’s Religious Figures React to Karakalpakstan Unrest

By Niginakhon bintu Saida
Given the increasingly prominent role of Islam in Uzbekistan's society, Muslim leaders felt it necessary to chime in on the recent protests.

Uzbekistan’s Second Wives Marry in Secret and Suffer Without Legal Protections

Uzbekistan’s Second Wives Marry in Secret and Suffer Without Legal Protections

By Niginakhon Uralova
Polygyny is not legal in Uzbekistan, yet some men seek out second wives anyway.

Uzbek Justice Ministry Sounds Alarm Over Divisive Religious Messaging

Uzbek Justice Ministry Sounds Alarm Over Divisive Religious Messaging

By Umida Hashimova
The Justice Ministry is alarmed about religious figures whose teachings blur the line between religion, their personal moral views, and the law.
What is Tashkent’s Tolerance for Conservative Islam?

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.

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