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LECTURE- Evolving Islamic Identities in Central Asia, AUCA-SRC, Nov. 28

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LECTURE- Evolving Islamic Identities in Central Asia, AUCA-SRC, Nov. 28

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Social Research Center at American University of Central Asia
( with support of Social Science Research Council in New
York, USA, presents:

LECTURE: "Evolving Islamic Identities in Central Asia"

Speakers: Dr. Eric M. McGlinchey, USA, and Dr. Abdullo Khakim Rakhnamo,

Time: 15.00, November 28th, 2007

Venue: 315, AUCA (Main Building)

Language: English/Russian (Interpretation into Russian/English will be
provided, if requested)


Dr. McGlinchey will speak about the proliferation of Islamic identities in
post-Soviet Central Asia. It appears that religious identification in
Central Asia is considerably more complex and fluid than either discrete
categories or opposing dichotomies suggest. As such, his talk will provide a
much-needed inventory of variations in Muslim belief in Central Asia.
Second, he will provide brief explanations for why Islamic identities other
than the 'traditional' identities supported by the official clerical
hierarchy-the Central Asian muftiates-have grown in popularity and
prominence in recent years. Lastly, he will touch upon the near future of
Islam-a future in which, he thinks, the muftiates' 'traditional' Islam will
continue to lose out to new, more compelling articulations of belief, both
Muslim and Christian.

Dr. Rakhnamo will describe key problems of secular state establishment in
the Muslim societies relying on the experience of Tajikistan. In spite of
diversified practices in political life of Central Asian countries, there
appeared some tendency to view Islam as a monolithic process. More often,
development of Muslim communities is largely connected with status of
political and economic systems, levels of civil and juristic liberty. Dr.
Rakhnamo will brief about permeation of Islam into new societal arenas in
post-Soviet Tajikistan as well as interrelationship of secularism and
religion (Islam) there.

Bio: Dr. Eric M. McGlinchey is an Assistant Professor of Government and
Politics at Department of Public and International Affairs, George Mason
University, USA. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2003.
Prior to joining George Mason University in August 2005, Dr. McGlinchey
worked at Iowa State University and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Central
Asian Studies at Stanford University. Dr. McGlinchey's research interests
include comparative politics, Central Asian regime change, and political
Islam. He has written numerous articles on regime change and political

Dr. Abdullo Khakim Rakhnamo holds Candidate Nauk of Political Sciences from
Tajik State University. Currently, he is teaching at the Tajik State
University. In 2006, he worked as a researcher at the Center for Strategic
Research under the Tajik President. He also worked as Adviser to the First
Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan (1995 -2005). He is the author of
numerous publications related to Islam in Central Asia. He delivered
lectures on Islam in Central Asia in Russia, USA, Germany and Central Asian

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