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During our already fifth lecture this Fall, ACMES will expand it's horizon and takes you on a journey to Kyrgyzstan! What was Soviet secularism and how did it impact Muslim lives? What happened when it collapsed and Central Asians began living Islam in a new political and economic environment?

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Date 15 November 2018
Time 17:00 - 19:00
P.C. Hoofthuis
P.C. Hoofthuis

Spuistraat 134
1012 VB Amsterdam

During this talk, dr. Julie McBrien (UvA) discusses her anthropological research on Islam in Kyrgyzstan in the early post-Soviet period. She argues that religious life in the early 2000s was hallmarked by diversity, discussion, and debate. Through soap operas, at home-based religious schools, and in new wedding ceremonies, for example, residents of a small town in Southern Kyrgyzstan were debating the nature of muslimness (muslumanchylyk). McBrien argues that the contestation over muslimness was routed in the two secularisms that impacted the region – the Soviet and post-Soviet, and how they each variously shaped definitions of religion. She argues that while western secularisms crafted notions of religion that were essentially about belief, the Soviet version cultivated one in which belonging was fundamental.

admission free, drinks after!

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