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Religious Repression and Religious Freedom

Religious Repression and Religious Freedom

An Analysis of Their Contradictions in (Post-)Soviet Contexts

Chapter:
(p.313) Chapter Twenty-Six Religious Repression and Religious Freedom
Source:
Politics of Religious Freedom
Author(s):
Mathijs Pelkmans
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226248646.003.0031

This essay charts the unexpected consequences of political, economic, and religious liberalization in post-Soviet Central Asia. It reveals the winners and losers in the new free market in religion in the region as entrepreneurial forms of religion, Christian and Muslim, take advantage of new spaces opened up in the shift to a free market economy.

Keywords:   Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan, religious freedom, Russia, USSR, neoliberalism

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