Monday , 21 January 2019

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Central Asia

Ramadan observance widespread in Tajikistan


The country’s population is 99.4% Muslim, and 88% of Muslims fast during Ramadan, according to government statistics. “The number of believers is growing every year,” Khikmatullo Bokiyev, the hatib (congregation leader) of a Dushanbe mosque, said. “You can especially see that during Ramadan: usually 120-150 people come for evening prayers, but during the holy month that figures doubles. No fewer ... Read More »

Islam in Central Asia


Islam is the most widely practiced religion in Central Asia. The Hanafi school of thought of Sunnism is the most popular, with Shiism of Imami and Ismaili denominations predominating in the Pamir plateau and the western Tian Shan mountains (almost exclusively Ismailis), while boasting to a large minority population in the Zarafshan river valley, from Samarkand to Bukhara (almost exclusively ... Read More »

Central Asia and the Caucasus

The Islamic countries of Central Asia include Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan. Like the Russian experience, Islam in Central Asia was persecuted and suppressed under the Soviet regime, but has enjoyed a renaissance since the 1990’s. There are now more than 2,000 mosques in Uzbekistan alone. Unfortunately, in some of these states, Islam has also been perceived as ... Read More »

What next after Karachi Airport terrorist attack – something big in China?


A spokesperson of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Shahidullah Shahid, confirmed that the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) provided the manpower for the attack at Karachi Airport on Sunday night, and it was a joint action of the Taliban and IMU. TTP and IMU statements confirm that militants living in tribal areas of Pakistan have enough potential to strike anywhere they wish ... Read More »

Hajj registration commences in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz clerics and devout believers are hoping that new changes will increase the likelihood of an unbiased process in the selection of pilgrims for this year’s Hajj. Muslim pilgrims in Mina, Saudi Arabia, October 17 recite prayers after performing the ‘Jamarat’ ritual symbolising the stoning of Satan. Kyrgyzstan is hoping for an orderly and transparent Hajj selection process. [AFP Photo/Fayez ... Read More »

Kyrgyzstan opens Islamic research institute


The Scientific Research Institute for the Study of Islam, which opened in Bishkek in May, is the country’s first secular Kyrgyz institution to focus on that topic. “We will apply scientific methods to study Islamic issues in Kyrgyzstan, the process of proselytisation and radicalisation of certain groups, the popularisation of alien religious ideas and views amongst us, and the change ... Read More »

Pakistani scholars strengthen religious harmony


In the past few weeks, vandals have desecrated Hindu sites in the Mirpur Khas, Larkana, Hyderabad and Tharparkar districts. Miscreants May 28 defiled three Hindu temples in the Kot Ghulam Muhamma area of Mirpur Khas District, Dr. Ashok Kumar, a local Hindu activist, told Central Asia Online. Five other attacks on the community’s places of worship took place earlier this ... Read More »


In the past twenty years the International Politics has revolved around many ideologies which included Communism, Liberal- Capitalism and Islam. The collapse of the USSR left Liberal-Capitalist part of the world to be in charge of the world affairs. Even though the victory of Liberal–Capitalism was evident it was not left unchallenged. Political Islam came to be the main competitor ... Read More »