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Islam and the State in Central Asia – a Friedrich Ebert Foundation Report


The latest report of the Almaty club (a Central Asia Policy Group) on Islam and the State in Central Asia analyzes evolution in legislation, the secularization of Islam, Islamic education, and the revival of public piety (the use of the veil).

Three distinct approaches form the basis for this work. The first concerns the nature of changes from 1991 to 2016, shown in infographics; the second covers the outlook and perspectives for individual countries; and the third provides a comparative picture of practices across four countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, giving insights into how these states’ policies have changed regarding Islam and other religions, across the entire period from independence to 2016, as well as providing insights into experience in the institutionalisation of religion.

Support for the report was provided by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

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Presentation of the report by Dr. Sanat Kushkumbayev (Deputy Director, Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan)


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