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Turkey and -stans

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in response to reader comment: chechens are sufi

Submitted by Concerned European (Lithuania), Dec 9, 2006 at 10:10

Turkey and former Soviet Turkic and non-Turkic republics have all kinds of Muslims and Sufis, from very secular to the most shariatically minded, although there are differences between countries, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Daghestan are among the least secularly minded while Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Tatarstan are among the most secular, Turkey being in the middle.

however I think that the majority in all of these countries is not very much sharia minded and rather happy with secular nature of regimes(not necessarily with regimes themselves). Unfortunately situation could possibly change to worse due to economic hardships, mistaken policy of ruling regimes and salafi propaganda.

Chechnia is a special case. The situation perhaps had not exacerbated so much there, if Russians hadn't handled the Chechen issue so clumsily in the beginning.


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