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Everyday Islam in Post-Soviet Central Asia

  10/02/2012       Lexxnv      0 Comments

by Maria Elisabeth Louw

Category: Literature

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Everyday Islam in Post-Soviet Central Asia
 
by
Maria Elisabeth Louw
  • Type: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • ISBN: none
  • ASIN: 9781134125203
  • Edition Language: English

Providing a wealth of empirical research on the everyday practise of Islam in post-Soviet Central Asia, this book gives a detailed account of how Islam is understood and practised among ordinary Muslims in the region, focusing in particular on Uzbekistan. It shows how individuals negotiate understandings of Islam as an important marker for identity, grounding for morality and as a tool for everyday problem-solving in the economically harsh, socially insecure and politically tense atmosphere of present-day Uzbekistan. Presenting a detailed case-study of the city of Bukhara that focuses upon the local forms of Sufism and saint veneration, the book shows how Islam facilitates the pursuit of more modest goals of agency and belonging, as opposed to the utopian illusions of fundamentalist Muslim doctrines.

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