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Kazakhstan’s role in the global nuclear order is far from minor. Blessed with abundant uranium resources, it is the world’s largest uranium producer. Kazakhstan’s nuclear sector made a major comeback after facing collapse in the early 1990s when the Soviet Union disintegrated. The state

In: Central Asian Affairs
Author: Ablet Kamalov

-identification of the Uyghurs of Kazakhstan, who make up the largest Uyghur community outside their historical homeland of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China ( XUAR PRC ), also known as ‘East Turkestan,’ where the Chinese authorities have been carrying out for many decades a policy

In: Central Asian Affairs
Author: Valerie Sartor

1 Introduction The peoples of Central Asian countries have been multilingual for millennia. 1 As the Russian empire expanded and transformed into the USSR in the early 20th century, Kazakhstan became a Soviet republic. Over time, the Russian language steadily gained power, taking control

In: Central Asian Affairs
Author: Dina Sharipova

This article focuses on state reforms and informal payments in the educational sector of Kazakhstan. It seeks to answer the following question: Why do informal payments continue to exist in schools despite the government’s efforts to reduce them? The study suggests that although the introduction

In: Central Asian Affairs

which direction(s). To address these gaps in our knowledge, we present the results of two rounds of nationally representative surveys, spaced five years apart, in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Our study sheds light on patterns of religious identification, attendance of religious services, daily prayer

In: Central Asian Affairs

-Soviet region, the internet contributes to the political empowerment of the Russian Federation. Kazakhstan is a particularly productive case to study the dynamics of identity and belongingness among non-titular Russians for several reasons. First, approximately 19 percent of the whole population identify

In: Central Asian Affairs
Author: Wendell Schwab

article, I examine this second subject by discussing how members of the piety movement in Kazakhstan have fun and build community. I start by examining how elites in the piety movement—specifically writers and imams—create spaces for Muslims to have a particular type of ethical fun. I then move on to

In: Central Asian Affairs

, 1988 1 Introduction In the fall of 2016, Kazakhstan was building momentum in the international educational arena. For the first time, the country’s school students ranked in the top 10 internationally for their performance in math and science, according to the Trends in Mathematics and

In: Central Asian Affairs
Author: Wendell Schwab

article examines how images on the social media pages of Asyl Arna, Kazakhstan’s Islamic television network and dominant Islamic media company, create a way of understanding and engaging in contemporary Islamic life in Kazakhstan. The images on Asyl Arna’s social media promote Islam as an achievable part

In: Central Asian Affairs
Author: Ulan Bigozhin

Introduction The aim of this article is to show the dynamics of religious discourses and shrine-related practices in post-Soviet Kazakhstan, where the secular and the sacred are mixed and interdependent. Today, Aqköl shrine complex, near Ekibastuz in the Pavlodar region, not only attracts

In: Central Asian Affairs