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Education and Change in Religious Practices in Uzbekistan

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Research Scholar in Sociology, Centre of Central Asian Studies University of Kashmir, INDIA

Res. J.Educational Sci., Volume 3, Issue (3), Pages 1-5, April,1 (2015)

Abstract

Islamic education in Uzbekistan had a long history like other sister republic states. Uzbekistan was a hub of Islamic learning from thousand years. Soviets tried to discard the religious activities from the life of the people of Central Asia and an example of which is that mosques, Churchs and other religious centres were banned and finally closed, and the same was the case with Islamic education. Soviets ideology was that religious activities or teaching gave an orthodox view about life which hinders the growth of development or change for betterment. The main reasons for changing religious practices in soviet were due to renaissance, growth of science, expansion of modern education, urbanization etc. Soviets succeeded in suppressing Islam in public life. However, in both suppression and repression conditions, Islam and Islamic education continued to survive in Central Asia including Uzbekistan. After obtaining independence Uzbek government assesses the content of Islam in public life through Islamic education and restores mosques and Churchs.

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