Professor of history, emeritus, Tel Aviv University
Doctoral student in history, Tel Aviv University
The article ascertains orders of preference in Uzbek identity by interviewing just over 200 citizens of Uzbekistan belonging to traditionally Muslim ethnic groupings. While almost everyone considers himself or herself a Muslim, the great majority perceive themselves above all as citizens of Uzbekistan. Moreover, their Islam is not reflected primarily in Islamic practice but rather in a somewhat nebulous Islamic tra- ditionalism. They think, too, that the state should incorporate some minimal Islamic features. In the international arena, they tend to prefer Muslim over non-Muslim peoples and communities, but not necessarily as designations for labor migration. Finally, the focus of their interest is manifestly directed toward other post-Soviet successor states.
Photo: “Bibi Khanum Mosque, Samarkand,” Fulvio Spada, 2010.
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