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An Unbelievable Turn in Uzbekistan's Campaign Against Suspect Islamic Groups

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Authorities in Uzbekistan appear to have found a new Islamic group to worry about, and it happens to be one of the oldest Islamic groups in Central Asia.
 
RFE/RL's Uzbek Service, known locally as Ozodlik, reports that, at the start of June, police in western Uzbekistan arrested a group people illegally gathering in a private home to conduct religious services (Zikr). The people arrested are Sufis from the Naqshbandi order.
 
Eleven people were taken into custody: Four are already in jail, sentenced to four years for a crime; the other seven were given stiff fines on charges that Ozodlik could not discern. It appears to have something to do with alleged ties to a Turkish group.
 
Given the opaque nature of the Uzbek government, it is difficult to get additional information about this case.
 
But if these people were arrested and some imprisoned, it marks a drastic departure from the Uzbek government's policy toward the Naqshbandi.
 

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An Unbelievable Turn in Uzbekistan's Campaign Against Suspect Islamic Groups

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