Central Asia Program Series Research

Culture and Islam in Late Soviet Central Asia


CAP Paper 199, January 2018

On February 15, 2018, GW’s Central Asia Program organized a workshop on “‘Culture and Islam in Late Soviet Central Asia” in the framework of the CERIA (Central Eurasia-Religion in International Affairs) Initiative, generously funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. This workshop addressed the issue of culture in late Soviet Central Asia in all its diversity, from literature to cinema; it also contextualized the local political framework, ongoing societal transformations, and the hidden place of religion in late Soviet Central Asia. Exploration of these questions offers a better understanding of inner societal processes that were unfolding during the Soviet period and their effects on post-Soviet Central Asian societies.

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