Analysis of Religious Situation in Central Asia
Kyrgyz-based online publication Chabarman.kg has made an analysis of the religious situation in Kyrgyzstan.
“In recent years, the international community was faced with unprecedented scale and consequences of the rapid spread of various forms of social violence, of which a particular threat is extremism that its destructive manifestations, in particular, in the sphere of religion there is a serious threat to the security of the country and the normal development of the society, because sustainable development depends on security,” the article said.
Chabarman.kg stresses the high unemployment rate among the youth, lack of religious education and especially the volatile situation in the Ferghana Valley “create favourable conditions for destructive activities of various religious organizations.”
The website especially outlined the prohibited in numerous CIS countries extremist group Tablighi Jamaat.
“The results of investigations of French journalists indicate that followers of Tablighi Jamaat often become members of extremist groups and executioners of terrorist acts.”
However, the source continues, the group’s activities are banned in all Central Asian states – except Kyrgyzstan.
“Supporters of the idea to oppose the ban of the religious organization believe its followers will go underground, will become even more radicalized, which ultimately will have a negative impact on stability in the country. Although the experience of the neighboring countries, where the Tablighi Jamaat has been banned for more than a year, proves the opposite,” the media argues.
According to estimates of the Institute of State Policy of the Academy of State Administration under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic as of 2013 there were 20,000 to 35,000 Tablighi Jamaat followers in the country.
Theologists believe that Tablighi Jamaat’s teacheings can be considered more as radicalism and can be compared to Wahhabism.
The group has been officially banned in Kazakhstan since 24 February 2013.