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Tajikistan: Fashion at Heart of Anti-Islamic Culture War

Authorities in Tajikistan have for several years been waging a rearguard campaign against fashions perceived to be overtly Islamic, in particular women wearing hijabs and men wearing beards. (Photo: David Trilling)

Even with his country falling into economic ruin, the deputy head of Tajikistan’s central bank found time recently to talk about women’s clothes.
 
Jamoliddin Nuraliyev revisited a theme favored by many top officials of late.
 
“We must resist improper mimicry of foreign cultures. We must protect and observe our genuine national, spiritual, religious and cultural values,” 39-year old Nuraliyev, who is also President Emomali Rahmon’s son-in-law, told a staff meeting on March 7, on the eve of International Women’s Day.
 
Nuraliyev did not need to spell it out. Authorities have for several years been waging a rearguard campaign against fashions perceived to be overtly Islamic: Dark clothing and anything covering the face for women; beards for young men.
 
The official clamor around clothing habits began to intensify early last year, when Rahmon used a speech on Mother’s Day to discourage women from adopting foreign customs.
 

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