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powerful, stable states in the region, Iran’s preferences for order may be decisive. In foregrounding Tajikistan, this research seeks to explore the character of Iran’s state identity through its behavior in a little-researched region and in connection to a facet of identity, Persian culture, that has

In: Central Asian Affairs
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Building resilient secular citizens: Tajikistan’s response to the Islamic State Edward J. Lemon Department of Politics, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK ABSTRACT Between 500 and 1000 citizens of Tajikistan have travelled to take part in hostilities in Syria and Iraq. The majority of these

In: Caucasus Survey
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terrorists” ( bainalmilli terroriston ). He stated that these men wanted to overthrow the government and enforce an Islamic state based on shari’a law in Tajikistan. Long-time government opponent Mullo Abdullo led the group. The death of Mullo Abdullo brought to an end one of the most serious episodes of

In: Central Asian Affairs

1 Introduction This paper uses field interviews conducted in the summer of 2014 to provide a snapshot of the challenges shareholders faced in five cotton-producing districts in Tajikistan when actualizing their land rights. Additionally, this paper uses original data based on government

In: Central Asian Affairs
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The shipping agents of Tajikistan were decisive in establishing and growing the regional Soviet economy in the early 1930s. They served enterprises and individuals by delivering goods that were critical to the construction of socialism. Ironically, though, the manner in which freightage was

In: The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review

processes that have led to the emergence of this paradox will be illuminated in the following pages. Islam, the Media, and the Religious Field in Post-Conflict Tajikistan In the context of the complex societal and political transformations defined by authoritarian consolidation, post

In: Central Asian Affairs

1 Introduction ‘Rebyat, nam nuzhno govorit’ (Russian for “People, we have to talk”)! What is happening in our country [Tajikistan], and in Central Asia in general is not normal. It is ruthless and sickening that issues such as harassment, gender inequality and gender-based violence are

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targets of nation building and religious revival. Against the backdrop of a civil war, the secular elite’s fears of Islamic revival in Tajikistan have resulted in governmental rhetoric and legislation sharply focused on the dress and behavior of women. A hallmark of the new national identity promoted by

In: Central Asian Affairs
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1 Introduction Choikhonai surkh , or the red teahouse, has long been portrayed as the flagship of the early Soviet enlightenment project in Tajikistan. In writings of Soviet authors, red teahouses emerged as the loci of knowledge, culture, and sanitation; these writings evoke connotations

In: Central Asian Affairs
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in the operation. The regime lost 18 law enforcement officers, including the commander of the special operations group of the State Committee for National Security of Tajikistan, Colonel Rustam Amakiyev. Nazarzoda was killed along with his ally Junaidullo Umarov, head of the Department of Military

In: Central Asian Affairs