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Women are often less independent in their decisions to practice Islam or not than men; their latitude to practice depends on their family status. If their husband or partner attends a mosque regularly, then the woman tries to stay within the rules of Islam.

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There is no better place to meet with so many people for free as in a mosque, considering how overcrowded homes often are and the expense of cafes. This includes the freedom to wear religious clothing unless one works full-time.

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This includes the freedom to wear religious clothes unless one works full-time. If I declare myself to be a Muslim to a statistician, this will be reflected in the results of the study, but it does not say anything about my beliefs and practices. I saw women who prayed and attended the mosque regularly but at the same time invited me to their college parties in nightclubs.

So I guess there is no need to rush to conclusions about the rise of Islam; instead, we should talk about the content of the practices.

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If I go to a hijama a form of religious healing that uses cuts to suck out bad blood performer for healing, it may not be because I believe only in Islamic healing, but because I cannot afford medical help in official clinics. The same goes for those who seek medical help and religious healing from alternative healers at home, where medical services are available on paper only.

Religiosity is interpreted differently by different people. I am still puzzled by one of my respondents—she smokes and lives a liberal Western modern life wearing sexy Western clothes, going to nightclubs, drinking, having different lovers, and sometimes even exchanging sex for money or favors but stated that her dream is to find a good man who believes in God and that she would wear hijab for him and pray five times a day if necessary.

Syllabus: The International Politics of Post-Soviet Central Asia

It was difficult for me to comprehend how this dream and wishes could fit into the lifestyle she has. I asked her why this was so important, when she is very good-looking and can have any man she wants, is educated enough, and can even finance her life? She could not answer this question, convinced that she would only marry someone who would agree to have a religious marriage with her and that she would be ready to wear hijab after marriage.

I do not have much space here to go into more detail on this individual case, though I plan to do so in my future publications. One is even afraid of someone who is religious, believing that if one hurts someone who is loyal to God, then God will punish the perpetrator in return. Why did governments become sensitive to this new development in the field of Islamic practices and representation? They justify all manner of illegal actions against their own people on the pretext of an Islamic threat without realizing that these measures only have the opposite of the desired effect: they contribute to the radicalization of youth outside their homes.

The governments of receiving countries fail to integrate migrants, treating migration as a short-term phenomenon and pushing migrants into the shadow of informality and illegality. The absence of prospects for the future wherever migrants live and work increases their sense of insecurity, hopelessness, isolation, and despair. Marrying hijabi women is something entirely distinct from the above discourse on security. In an era of migration and mobility, the role of women has changed in terms of work and residence patterns.

Economic devastation and family crises in post-Soviet space pushed an increasing number of women and young girls into prostitution, and human trafficking also flourished. Liberal non-traditional lifestyles drinking, smoking, going out late, and having sex outside of marriage became the norm not only away from home in Russia and Central Asian urban centers but also at home though to a lesser extent than away from home.

The creation and protection of transnational scholarship networks is imperative: we must be mindful of one another, our colleagues, and the conditions under which we all work and live.

Galina Yemelianova, "Official Islamic Leadership in Central Asia: The Soviet Legacy"

I would like to thank the organizers as well as all those colleagues who participated in this workshop, for all their efforts. Beyer, Judith. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. Billaud, Julie. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. Dubuisson, Eva-Marie. Epkenhans, Timothy.

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