Kyrgyzstan: Islamic Kindergartens Fill Growing Demand

With the growth of Islam in Kyrgyzstan, mosques, such as this Turkish-built mosque rising in the Bishkek’s northeast, are attracting more adult worshippers while Islamic-focused kindergartens are also becoming popular. Unease with religious kindergartens is part of a wider backlash among secular Bishkek residents against growing religiosity. (Photo: David Trilling)

Feruza opened the green door of an unmarked two-story house on the outskirts of Bishkek and began a quiet tour of a building praised in an online forum as an “Islamic kindergarten.”
 

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Chris Rickleton is a freelance writer who specializes in Central Asia.

Kyrgyzstan: Islamic Kindergartens Fill Growing Demand

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