George Diepenbrock

Mon, 04/04/2016

LAWRENCE — In the aftermath of 9/11, much outside attention has focused on the five former Soviet states of Central Asia as sites conducive to Islamic radicalization and possible terrorism, due to the majority Muslim populations in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan.


By Sebastien Peyrouse May 15

The five post-Soviet countries of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) are secular states with a majority Sunni Muslim population — and each has a Shiite minority population. Sunni-Shiite tensions in other countries have escalated into violent conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Iran and elsewhere. So what’s the story on Central Asia’s Shiite groups?

Who are the Shiite in Central Asia?

Central Asia has three main Shiite Muslim groups:


Trees, gifts, fireworks and charity outlawed in schools and universities as government tightens restrictions

Agence France-Presse

Wednesday 23 December 2015 10.40 GMT Last modified on Tuesday 29 December 2015 13.02 GMT


Tajikistan has tightened restrictions on festive season celebrations, banning Christmas trees and gift-giving in schools.


August 21, 2016

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Tajikistan, where wearing hijab is a crime, 685 crimes have been reported first seven months of this year,and of this number 643 cases have been women wearing hijab.

Chief of the Interior Ministry’s office in Khujand, the capital of Sughd province, Colonel Emin Jalilov has said that 685 crimes have been reported in the city over the first seven months of this year.


Mar 3, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch–A new report published by the Council of Europe (CoE) highlights persisting issues of hate speech, racism, xenophobia, direct violence, and systemic discrimination in Georgia.


Even with his country falling into economic ruin, the deputy head of Tajikistan’s central bank found time recently to talk about women’s clothes.
Jamoliddin Nuraliyev revisited a theme favored by many top officials of late.
“We must resist improper mimicry of foreign cultures. We must protect and observe our genuine national, spiritual, religious and cultural values,” 39-year old Nuraliyev, who is also President Emomali Rahmon’s son-in-law, told a staff meeting on March 7, on the eve of International Women’s Day.