The culture history of of the Republic of Uzbekistan

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Muhammad Ali (1942-), writer
H. B. Paksoy, AACAR Bulletin (of the Association for the Advancement of Central Asian Research), Vol. II, no. 3 (Fall, 1989).
A dialog from CenAsia list on Wahhabism (Salafis), March 1996. The growth and character of this doctrinal reformist Islam. Because Wahhabism served as a source for Saudi legitimacy, the term Wahhabism can also be used (by Karimov) to disparage any outside form of Islam, in contrast to local Sufi traditions. Its characterization as radically fundamentalist may be a product of Western orientalism.
Cholpan and the 20th century
By Timur Kocaoglu, 15 April 1996. Discusses the Uzbek poet, Abdulhamid Suleyman Cholpan (1897-1938). Interesting reflection of a moribund sensibility and ideology.
Uzbek Muslim Branch Preaches Tolerance
By Stephen Kinzer, New York Times, 4 November 1997. The Sufi Nakshbandi (Naqshband) order has its roots in Buhkhara, Uzbekistan, and emphasizes labor and good deeds. It was involved in a nationalist reaction to the Soviet Union.
Naqshband and the New York Times
November 1997. A dialog on the CenAsia list concerning the above article in the New York Times.
Uzbek leader fears strong Islam in desert nation
By Chris Bird, Reuters, 6 November 1997. Islam is regaining its pre-revolutionary strength in the cotton farming Ferghana region in Uzbekistan's remote eastern corner. But President Karimov's heavy-handed response to a small group of outspoken clerics gives them an uncertain future. President Karamov is a modernizer and, based on the example of the Taliban in Afghanistan, fears a reactionary religious movement.
Tamerlane the Tender Inspires Uzbekistan
By Stephen Kinzer, The New York Times, [10 November 1997]. Tamerlane, who is known here as Amir Timur, or Timur the Great, was one of history's greatest conquerors. Now that modern historiography has shown accounts of his cruelty are gross exaggerations, he appears in the modern view as a great statesman. He therefore is suitable as a national hero. Author takes seriously the charge that Uzbekistan is potentially Asia's great imperialist.