Presenter Information

Jordan Pahl, St Mary’s Academy

Start Date

26-4-2012 9:00 AM

End Date

26-4-2012 10:15 AM

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Despite the growing relevance of the Central Asian region to modern-day foreign affairs, little is generally understood by the public about these countries. Few people can name the five Central Asian republics and even fewer understand the complicated social, political, and religious history of the region. This paper explores the prevalence of Islam in the Central Asian states and the influence of the former Soviet Union's anti-religious policies on the region. Through extensive research as well as interviews conducted with modern-day Central Asian students living in the region, the unexpected implications of the anti-religious policies are revealed, and the current attitude of ignorance toward religion is addressed.

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Apr 26th, 9:00 AM Apr 26th, 10:15 AM

Islam in Central Asia: A Religion and a Heritage

Despite the growing relevance of the Central Asian region to modern-day foreign affairs, little is generally understood by the public about these countries. Few people can name the five Central Asian republics and even fewer understand the complicated social, political, and religious history of the region. This paper explores the prevalence of Islam in the Central Asian states and the influence of the former Soviet Union's anti-religious policies on the region. Through extensive research as well as interviews conducted with modern-day Central Asian students living in the region, the unexpected implications of the anti-religious policies are revealed, and the current attitude of ignorance toward religion is addressed.