* The article is published as part of the ceria (Central Eurasia-Religion in International Affairs) Initiative, generously funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.
Uzbekistan came into being as an independent nation-state with the break-up of the Soviet Union toward the end of 1991, retaining
this article, I will describe that legacy briefly and then assess its implications for the present day constitution of religious authority and the place of the ulama in the most populous post-Soviet Muslim state, Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan today sits astride the geopolitical fault-lines between the
scarcely any historical or contemporary interaction with Afghanistan; while Turkmenistan occupies a specific place and considers itself to be largely protected from any risks thanks to its isolationist policies. This leaves Uzbekistan and even more so Tajikistan as the two main Central Asian states for
* 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
* This article covers the period up until 2016, and does not represent the new policies of the current Uzbek government.
The best virtue among the virtues that were given to humanity is ethics.
Proverbs, slogans and ethical messages are embedded in
The death of the first president of Uzbekistan was officially announced on September 2, 2016, after several days of waiting and apparent intra-elite discussion about the distribution of power that would follow. During the interim period, analysts from all over the world
Tilla Bulak is a site in the Kugitang area of the Sherabad district, Southern Uzbekistan (Fig. 1). The region is situated at a height of 800-850 m AMSL, bordered in the west by the towering Kugitang mountain range with summits above 3000 m, and in the east by a barren ridge of
The Criminal Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan was the first post-Soviet Criminal Code.
It was adopted on 22 September 1994, and entered into force on 1 April 1995. In the ensuing period, the Code has been amended on multiple occasions, and Chapter viii of its
To understand Uzbekistan’s religious freedom situation, one must understand that 93% of Uzbekistan’s citizens are Muslim (mostly Sunni), 4% are Russian Orthodox, and the remaining 3% are Roman Catholic, Korean Christian, Baptist, Lutheran, Seventh-day Adventist, Evangelical Christian, Pentecostal