Kyrgyzstan Testing Clerics’ Knowledge of Islam

Since October 2014, the Muftiate, a quasi-government Kyrgyz agency also known as the Muslim Spiritual Board, has required all imams in the country to pass tests on Sharia law and Arabic. The Kyrgyz government is concerned that imams, such as this religious leader at a mosque in Osh, could be spreading radical ideas. (Photo: David Trilling)

When Ismoil told his parents that he wanted to attend one of Osh’s newly opened madrasahs and become an imam, his parents thought it a bad idea.

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