“Where is Our Honor?” Sports, Masculinity, and Authority in Kazakhstani Islamic Media

In: Central Asian Affairs
Ulan Bigozhin Post-doctoral scholar, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan,

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This paper examines the construction of Islamic authority in Kazakhstani online media. I build on the growing scholarship in Central Asian studies that questions the logocentric nature of Islamic authority, even for scripturalist Muslims. Taking the YouTube channel of Abdughappar Smanov as a case study, I argue that some scripturalist preachers in Kazakhstan construct their Islamic authority by tapping into Soviet, Kazakh, and global currents of masculinity and sport.

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