Book Chapter or Conference Paper Title

Islamic education in Post-Soviet Tajikistan: A tool in creating and sustaining the nation state

Document Type

Book Chapter

Book Title or Conference Proceedings Title

Religion and education: Comparative and international perspectives

Department

Institute for Educational Development, Karachi

ISBN

9781910744017

Editor

Malini Sivasubramaniam and Ruth Hayhoe

Series

Oxford studies in comparative education

Publisher

Symposium Books

City

Oxford

Abstract

Central Asia has become a site not only of Islamic revival, but also of a heated contestation between diverse local and international interpretations and versions of Islam and Islamic education. Islam, and subsequently Islamic education, are key highlights of post-Soviet development all across Central Asia. This chapter takes Tajikistan as a case study, because it is in this country that Islamic education became most prominent in the initial post-Soviet landscape. The chapter takes the reader on a brief journey into the continuity and changes in Islamic education over the last 30 years since Perestroika (1985), when a window for religious education in Central Asia opened up as the country emerged from the Soviet Union’s collapse, survived five years of civil war, began its market-oriented development trajectory and internal political and social consolidation as an independent state, as well as carved a space for itself in the global geo-politics. The chapter speaks to the purpose, forms, pedagogy, content and challenges of Islamic education in post-Soviet Tajikistan.

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