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Janyl Bokonbaeva

The June 2010 Clashes: Description, Root Causes and Preconditions A crisis unravelled in Kyrgyzstan at the beginning of June 2010 and is rightly considered to be one of the bloodiest cases of inter-communal violence in modern Central Asia. Falling within the same sequence of events as the

Nurbek Bekmurzaev

Introduction This article explores the interplay between the media, religion, and social change in Kyrgyzstan. It takes as its point of departure the mediatization theory proposed by Danish sociologist Stig Hjarvard. Hjarvard argues that the media have emerged as an important source of

Barbara Junisbai, Azamat Junisbai and Baurzhan Zhussupov

which direction(s). To address these gaps in our knowledge, we present the results of two rounds of nationally representative surveys, spaced five years apart, in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Our study sheds light on patterns of religious identification, attendance of religious services, daily prayer

Alisher Khamidov

* Part of this research was funded by the uk’s Economic and Social Research Council project ‘Rising Powers and Conflict Management in Central Asia’. In early June 2010, when interethnic clashes between the Kyrgyz and Uzbeks erupted in South Kyrgyzstan, many Kyrgyzstani citizens had hoped that

Asel Doolotkeldieva and Alexander Wolters

The parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan in October 2015 received widespread approval from foreign and domestic commentators for the level of fairness and freedom maintained throughout the campaign. Five years after the October 2010 elections, the first following the ouster of President

Maria Louw

In the context of Kyrgyzstan more specifically, studies have pointed out how Soviet nationality and religion policies created the still prevailing notion that Muslimness is equal, if not subordinate, to Kyrgyzness 10 and, more generally, how the Soviet project affected people’s understanding of

David W. Montgomery

, including protestors during the trails of the imprisoned businessmen. Many saw these businessmen as good, religiously motivated individuals seeking to assist their community in ways the government was not. III On June 12, my research assistants and I visited a village in southern Kyrgyzstan to

Swetlana Torno

Introduction One day in mid-April 2009, Gulnara (a housewife in her mid-twenties) took me to the house of her in-laws, who own a small farm outside the village of Tosor, which is situated on the southern shore of lake Yssyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan. 2 Her parents-in-law live here with their two

Stephanie J. Bunn

refer to fieldwork carried out in high mountain northern Kyrgyzstan, in the Kyrgyz area of Jyrgatal, Tajikistan, and in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, over the past twenty years. Situating Water Like other pastoralists in Central Asia and Mongolia, Kyrgyz herders name places after aspects of the

Damira Umetbaeva

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev and then Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin met in Moscow in February 2012. To demonstrate Kyrgyzstan’s spiritual and cultural bonds with present-day Russia, Atambaev repeated the famous post-Soviet saying about the ussr : “Anyone who wants to return to