Alphabet Transition in Uzbekistan: Political Implications and Influences on Uzbek Identity
By Ryan Michael Schweitzer
May 14, 2020
Following its independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Uzbekistan sought to create an Uzbek identity that would distance itself from the Soviet colonial past and differentiate itself from its neighbors. One of the major policies during this process of identity formation was the reinvention of the Uzbek alphabet, which is still ongoing and heavily debated today.