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How Orthodox Live in Issyk Kul Region of Kyrgyzstan?

cabar.asia 04.09.19

Issyk Kul region of Kyrgyzstan is the third after Bishkek and Chui region by the number of residing orthodox Christians.

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People Without Religion. Number of Atheists Grows in Kazakhstan.

According to studies, over 10 years the number of those who consider themselves atheists in Kazakhstan has tripled.
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In Tajikistan, youth perceive atheists as enemies of religion

cabar.asia 28.08.19

Back in 30s in Tajikistan there was a “Society of the Atheists,” freely operating and clearly enjoying state support. But now atheists, because of the agressive reaction of society, prefer to stay low and quiet. (more…)

Right Not to Believe, or What Modern Atheism Looks Like in Kyrgyzstan

cabar.asia 21.08.19

According to the 2016 research, a mere 0.7 per cent of Kyrgyzstanis deem themselves atheists.

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Why Do the Zoroastrians in Tajikistan Hide Their Religious Identity?

cabar.asia 07.08.19

The religious tolerance level in Tajikistan has recently decreased, as experts insist. According to them, the arising conflicts with the followers of Zoroastrianism are the example of this trend. (more…)

Kazakhstan Teenagers in Religion

According to the recent census of 2009, almost 1.5 million Kazakhstanis in the age of 15-19 specified their affiliation to religion. Slightly more than 40 thousand teenagers designated themselves as non-believers.

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Assylbek Izbairov: Kazakhstan is Multipolar in Terms of Religion, Which Could Cause Conflicts

cabar.asia 07.03.19

Harmonious religious relations are a very sensitive and relevant topic today for Kazakhstan. Assylbek Izbairov, director of the institute for geopolitical studies, professor of the institute for diplomacy, religious scholar, told about the regulation in this sphere and how to build a system of religious relations in the interview to cabar.asia.

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Saudi Foreign Fighters: Analysis of Leaked Islamic State Entry Documents

In early 2016, a cache of Islamic State (IS) foreign terrorist fighter (FTF) records was leaked. It was subsequently obtained by a handful of media outlets and academic institutions, including the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King’s College London, where I spent a year and a half working as a Visiting Research Fellow. This report takes an in-depth look at the leaked documents, focusing in particular on the citizens and residents who originated in Saudi Arabia. (more…)

Is the Introduction of Religious Studies in Kazakh Schools a Necessity or Excessiveness?

«To achieve the goals set by the authorities of Kazakhstan, religious studies in schools should not become an ordinary school subject for the sole purpose of acquiring new knowledge, but should lead to an increase in tolerance among the youth and unity through diversity», – notes an independent researcher Meruert Seidumanova in her article written specifically for analytical platform cabar.asia. 

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How to protect the right to freedom of religion and belief? (video)

NGO Search for common ground presents a webinar on the topic: “What is freedom of religion and faith?”

Speaker – Galina Kolodzinskaya, Religion expert, Master of Political Science, Executive Director of Interfeit Kansil. (more…)