Legitimacy and Islamic Symbols in Contemporary Tajikistan Public Deposited

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  • Landes, Carissa
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, Russian, Eurasian and East European Concentration
  • This paper examines the use of Islamic symbols by the Tajik government and president Emomali Rahmon, and the development of a form of “Tajik” Islam as a tool to gain political legitimacy. Utilizing Rahmon’s series of speeches on Abu Hanifa (669-767), the founder of one of the main schools of Sunni Islamic jurisprudence, as well as press coverage from Rahmon’s recent pilgrimage to Mecca, this thesis analyzes how the president is attempting to present himself as an important Muslim leader. It reviews three major factors that inform the attitude of the Rahmon government toward Islam: Soviet legacy, the international security context, and the Tajik Civil War. It concludes that despite the attempts of the Tajik government to aggressively police religious institutions, spiritual leaders, and certain public expressions of the Muslim faith, the state’s ability to implement "Tajik" Islam is limited.
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  • Tasar, Eren
  • Robertson, Graeme
  • Jenkins, Robert
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2016

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