Kyrgyzstan: Islamic Revivalist Movement Quietly Flourishing

In the past decade, Tablighi Jamaat – banned in other Central Asian countries - has established strong roots in Kyrgyzstan. (Photo: David Trilling)

A few miles east of downtown Bishkek, where the asphalt road dissolves into pitted dirt lanes amid Soviet-era apartment blocks, a newly renovated mosque gleams in the night. Inside, sitting on the floor under three bare fluorescent bulbs, a young man speaks in Kyrgyz to a group of 12 men.

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Nate Schenkkan is a Bishkek-based journalist.

Kyrgyzstan: Islamic Revivalist Movement Quietly Flourishing

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