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Islam, Ritual, and the State in the Former Soviet Space

One of the many ways a state can control its populace is through expressions of culture. In Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia the governments assert their power by influencing how Islam is practiced in public spaces. This can include holidays, dress, marriage, and language. This panel examined state manipulation of Islamic rituals and symbols as a means for managing society in Tatarstan, the North Caucasus, and Turkmenistan.

Date & Time

Monday
May. 15, 2017
3:00pm – 4:30pm ET

Location

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Islam, Ritual, and the State in the Former Soviet Space

One of the many ways a state can control its populace is through expressions of culture. In Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia the governments assert their power by influencing how Islam is practiced in public spaces. This can include holidays, dress, marriage, and language. This panel examined state manipulation of Islamic rituals and symbols as a means for managing society in Tatarstan, the North Caucasus, and Turkmenistan.


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Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, and the region through research and exchange.  Read more

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