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Battle on Top of the World: Rising Tensions in Tajikistan’s Pamir Region

Central Asia, Region Pamir Alai, Fan Mountains

Central Asia, Region Pamir Alai, Fan Mountains (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sébastien PeyrouseGerman Marshall Fund of the U.S., August 29, 2012

The events that shook the autonomous Gorno-Badakhshan region in eastern Tajikistan in July shed light on the internal fragility of some of Afghanistan’s neighbors, and the need to better assess the real sources of instability in Central Asia. The Tajik government often posits that it is fighting Islamic insurgents from Afghanistan, mostly foreigners belonging to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and allies of the Taliban. But many observers reject this argument… (more) http://ow.ly/1mbSTe


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GMFUS: The Tension at Russia’s Center: Radical Islam in Tatarstan

Kazan, Tatarstan

Kazan, Tatarstan (Photo credit: Thomas Depenbusch)

German Marshall Fund of the United States, Nadir Devlet, August 16, 2012

The July killing of an Islamic leader in Tatarstan shocked the Russian region’s leaders and citizens. Terrorist attacks are generally rare in the Volga Ural region. The collapse of the USSR opened up a new upsurge of Islamic religious activity, and mosques must still often go outside Tatarstan to find imams. Conservative North Caucasians and others are now actively infiltrating all Tatar mosques, and tensions, and sometimes violence, are the result… (more) http://ow.ly/1m0kwh

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CSIS: Islam, Islamism, and Politics in Eurasia Report

By Gordon M. HahnCSIS, July 23, 2012

Islam, Islamism and Politics in Eurasia Report (IIPER) is a bimonthly analysis issued by the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program. IIPER focuses on all politically relevant issues involving or bearing on Islam, Islamism, and jihadism in Russia and Eurasia writ large. The report is compiled, edited, and unless indicated otherwise, written by Gordon M. Hahn, a nonresident senior associate at CSIS. (more) http://ow.ly/1lBsq4

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FPA: Ramadan Quest

English: Map of the Muslim Population by Perce...

English: Map of the Muslim Population by Percentage in the World (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by FPA, July 21, 2012

Earlier this month, Mehdi Hasan of the Guardian wrote about having to deal with Islamophobia on a day to day basis; how his work and family were affected but that he would continue, regardless, to do what he does. Mr. Hasan clarifies that he does not consider his Islamic beliefs exempt from public criticism – just that it be afforded the same respect others are. That you not say about Muslims anything you would refuse to say about any other group or minority. “Believe me, Muslims aren’t endowed thicker skins that non-Muslims.” As Mr. Hasan has experienced, it’s easy to find people who criticizes a belief system based on their bias views on life ought to be lived. Very rarely can we find someone who bases their views on well-researched practices. In the words of Karen Armstrong, “compassion is not a popular virtue.” (more) http://ow.ly/1lx3Bx

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