Seminar “How Soviet is Post-Soviet Islam?”
When and where:
Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 4.15 pm – 5.45 pm
Nazarbayev University, Block 7, Room 7105
Dr. John Schoeberlein, Professor of cultural anthropology, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nazarbayev University
If there is a need, we will provide translation to Russian. The Soviet experience left its distinctive imprint on the ways Muslims observe their religion that endures strongly even two decades after the end of official atheist policies. But Islam was not simply suppressed and weakened by Soviet rule, and the Soviet legacy is much more far reaching than the image of powerful and aggressively anti-religious Soviet state prompts many to suppose. Not only is post-Soviet Islam affected by institutional practices and state policies that have deep roots in Soviet times. The widespread “re-Islamization” of post-Soviet societies is happening in an environment where both those who are embracing this new importance attached to Islam and those who are wary of it reflect a deep imprint of attitudes and sensibilities regarding religion that were formed under the Soviet system. In some respects, these impacts parallel the influence of the “secularization” of religion that is found in every part of Muslim world. John Schoeberlein will explore in his lecture what is distinctively Soviet in the religious “revival” among post-Soviet generations of Muslims.
This event is open to the NU community and general public. Attendees who do not hold Nazarbayev University ID cards should come with official ID and be prepared to register on entry to the university.