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Religious Associations: Central Asia
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Women's religious associations and gatherings in Central Asia are closely connected with the historical, political, economic, ethnic, and social evolutions of the region. Their larger presence was noticed during the last decades of the twentieth century and they have become still more evident since the collapse of the Soviet Union, when the Central Asian republics gained their independence and Islam was recognized as an important element of ethnic-religious identity.

Until the Russian conquest of Central Asia in the second half of the nineteenth century, state po…

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De Santi, Chiara, “Religious Associations: Central Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 21 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0142a>
First published online: 2009



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