This book examines the religious and political foundations of modern day Kazakhstan and argues that the country should serve as an example for other Muslim nations to live peacefully with citizens and international neighbors alike. Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic in Central Asia that has been under the leadership of President Nursultan Nazarbayev since independence in 1991, has proven that a mostly Muslim nation can be active on the international scene. Its leaders have worked fervently to bridge the ugly schism that has developed since the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent invasions of Arab and Muslim lands by Western forces. How has Kazakhstan been able to maintain its Muslim heritage yet remain on track toward modernization while other Muslim countries have imposed strict Sharia law upon their citizens, clamped down on individual freedoms, and persecuted all who do not adhere to the diktat of the ruling theocracy? The author examines the successful phenomenon of Kazakhstan today. He looks at the progress it has attained in just two decades since independence. While there is no doubt as to the Muslim identity of the country, Kazakhstan is living proof that there can be a "kinder, gentler" mode of Islam, in which one can live at peace with oneself and with one's neighbors, despite their differences.
Islam without a veil -- Islamophobia -- Kazakhstan emerges -- The new end game in Central Asia -- The "Kazakhi" way: economy first, politics second -- Shaking things up -- The road to moderation -- Islam and modernization -- The Kazakhstan experiment -- The terror threat and reasons for concern -- Kazakhstan's role in shaping Central Asia -- Can democracy and Islam co-exist? -- A conversation with a Salafi -- Is a Middle East and Central Asia economic common market possible? -- Changin' times -- An interview with Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan
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