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Two thousand mosques converted into tearooms and cultural centres
The mosques had not been authorised by the authorities. The latter also write imams’ sermons, and require the former to renew their permits on a regular basis. The government is trying to fight foreign influence and fundamentalism, but for one expert, it is running the risk of favouring extremism.
08/11/2017 15:49:00 TAJIKISTAN
Dushanbe cracks down on extremism, dismisses foreign-trained imams
Some clerics have been accused of spreading a strict version of Islam. The head of the country’s ulema council says he is willing to resign for the sake of its stability. Islamic radicalism remains a threat.
Tajik president Rakhmon signs law suffocating religious freedom
Even while it was being drafted, the bill was criticized by the OCSE and the U.S. Prompted by the fear of Islamic fundamentalism, it puts under state control any activity connected to faith, institutes censorship of religious publications, and makes the legalization of non-Muslim groups almost impossible.
Three mosques demolished and others closed, the only synagogue also in danger
Authorities say they demolished the mosques because they were “unauthorised” and for “architectural reasons”. But the faithful speak of attempts to impede the “expansion of Islam” outside the strict control of the Council of Ulema. The only synagogue also in danger.
22/06/2017 14:54:00 TAJIKISTAN
Dushanbe: young Tajiks banned from pilgrimage to Makkah
Officially, the reason is to encourage seniors to make the journey; in fact, the aim is to prevent youth radicalisation. The Islamic majority country tightens controls on the religious life of its people.
01/03/2017 09:45:00 CHINA - ISLAM
For the first time the Islamic State threatens Beijing that "rivers of blood will flow"
In a first, Uighurs claim alliance with the Islamic state. The images broadcast on the same day Beijing deploys 10 thousand police in Urumqi in a showdown. Among the 10 million Uighur, only a small minority part of violent groups. The "terrorist" threats motivates China's repressive policies in Xinjiang.
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