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PRESENTATION- Political Islam: Ideological Orientations of Youth in Bishkek, SRC-AUCA, Oct. 8

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PRESENTATION- Political Islam: Orientations of Youth in Bishkek, SRC-AUCA, 10/8

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The Social Research Center (SRC) at the American University of Central Asia
( under its Islam Research Track

presents the Student Research Project:

"Political Islam: Ideological Orientations of Youth in Bishkek"

Under the Supervision of Dr. Kadyr Malikov
Thematic Leader on Islam, SRC, AUCA

Presenters: Students of the Sociology and American Studies Departments, AUCA

Time: 5 p.m., October 8, 2008
Venue: Room 315, AUCA (Main Building)
Language: Russian
(Interpretation into English will be provided ONLY if requested in advance)
The search for ideological and political identity plays an important role in
our society. In Kyrgyzstan, it is impossible to separate ideological and
political identity from Islam, since most citizens are Muslim. Under the
conditions of social re-traditionalization, re-islamization is being
strengthened as well; it has a greater influence every year on social and
political processes in Kyrgyzstan. The Islamic revival, especially among the
youth living with poverty, corruption and unemployment, is progressing

A group of AUCA students, under the supervision of Dr. Kadyr Malikov, has
conducted research on the topic "Political Islam: Ideological Orientations
of the Youth." The aim was to study the religious and political preferences
of Bishkek youth. Specifically, the goal was to measure the extent of the
perception of Islam as an ideological and political system; to discover the
thoughts of youth regarding the co-existence of two ideological systems
within a nation-state, i.e., of religion and secularism and their
interaction or confrontation. The research showed that:

- identifications of youth are being transformed;
- youth have minimal levels of trust in state officials
- most respondents presume that believers could have rights to establish
political parties;
- respondents do not exclude the possibility of their participation in such
political activities, but they generally see Kyrgyzstan as a secular state
with Muslim values.

The survey was conducted primarily among students of secular universities
(Manas Kyrgyz-Turk University, Arabaev Kyrgyz Pedagogical University,
Kyrgyz-Russian Slavonic University, Kyrgyz National University, etc.) as
well as among students of Islamic educational institutions (Islamic
University, madrasahs) in Bishkek in May 2008.

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