religion

How Kazakhstanis Change Their Religious Views?

Zulfiya Raissova 25.02.20

According to researchers, nearly every tenth Kazakhstani changes their religious views and about two per cent convert to another religion.

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Freedom of Religion in Kyrgyzstan: Necessity, Luxury, or a Threat to National Security?

Periodically arising controversy around religion once again demonstrates the importance of dialogue between the authorities and citizens in the search for an optimal model of the religion-state relationship. Six socio-political factors cause disputes over religion-state relations. (more…)

Can Tolerance Policy Be an Effective Tool For Conflict Prevention in Tajikistan?

Aziz Timurov 23.01.20

There are no visible conflicts on the basis of ethnic-religious hostility in Tajikistan. However, if the problem is not visible, this does not mean that it does not exist, said Aziz Timurov, participant of the CABAR.asia School of Analytics. In his opinion, a well-developed and applicable tolerance policy can mitigate potential ethnic-religious and regional conflicts and be a factor in economic development in Tajikistan.

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Religious Diversity in Kyrgyzstan: A Believer is a Man and a Citizen, First of All

Leila Saralaeva 17.12.19

Kyrgyzstan has over three thousand various religious organisations registered, which maintain peace and dialogue between themselves. The constitution guarantees equal rights and freedoms to all religious people. 

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Number of Prisoners Charged with Extremism and Terrorism in Kyrgyzstan Triples in Five Years

Bolot Isaev 21.10.19

According to experts, new approaches are needed for deradicalisation of such prisoners, but we have neither money nor specialists for that.

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Who Are Agnostics and How They Live in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan?

Bermet Ulanova 16.10.19

According to experts, agnosticism does not mean the denial of God or gods, but means that it’s impossible to know it. Agnostics say they are often confused with atheists.

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Interfaith marriages in Tajikistan: all is possible if you are in love

cabar.asia 08.10.19

Different religions should not become the obstacles to marriage, as religious scholars and representatives of clergy say. The main thing that matters is mutual respect and following the traditions of both sides.
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How the Shiites Live in Kyrgyzstan: Report from the Imam Ali Mosque

Erkina Asanbaeva 05.09.19

The only mosque of the Twelver Shiites of Kyrgyzstan is located in Bishkek.

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In Tajikistan, youth perceive atheists as enemies of religion

cabar.asia 28.08.19

Back in 30s in Tajikistan there was a “Society of the Atheists,” freely operating and clearly enjoying state support. But now atheists, because of the agressive reaction of society, prefer to stay low and quiet. (more…)

Towards “New Life” with Old Templates: Three Pastors of Protestant Church Convicted in Kazakhstan

Andrey Grishin 07.08.19

In Kazakhstan, the state “defeated” a large protestant church “New Life”. Three pastors were found guilty on a series of charges based on the collection of alms.
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