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RFE/RL, CAP Associate
Kazakhstan Producer of “Not in Our Name,” RFE/RL project
Strategia Sociological Center, former CAP fellow
NAC-NU Postdoctoral fellow, GWU
Pennsylvania State University
This roundtable panel will present and discuss preliminary results from new fieldwork, focus groups and video interviews conducted in 2017 and 2018 at urban and rural sites on increasingly bitter and politicized religious divisions in Kazakh society, competing visions of religious authority and how Kazakhstan’s stark economic inequalities can be interpreted from an Islamic perspective.
Drawing on interviews and materials collected over multiple trips to Zhezkazgan, Satpayev, and Kengir, we will also explore why some residents from specific communities embraced the radical vision of violent “social justice” and separation offered by Jihadi Salafism and ISIS, why they left in surprisingly large numbers to fight in foreign civil wars in Syria and Iraq, and how the divisions that remain in these communities may lead to new conflicts in the future.
- “Not In Our Name”: A research and documentary project developed by RFE/RL (video of the discussion)
- Public and State Responses to ISIS Messaging in Central Asia
- Terrorism without a God: Reconsidering Radicalization and Counter-Radicalization Models in Central Asia
- New Book – Cotton Cultivation and Child Labor in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan by Bilal Bhat
- Religion and Violence in Russia Context, Manifestations, and Policy (report)