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Religion and Society in Soviet-Era Central Asia in Western Vision

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DOI: 10.23977/jsoce.2021.030105 | Downloads: 0 | Views: 21


Song Yuxan 1


1 University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Song Yuxan


After the Russian Revolution, the western part of Central Asia was integrated into the Soviet Union, while the eastern part was renamed East Turkestan or Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region, and integrated into the People's Republic of China. Mongolia remained independent as a Soviet satellite state. Under the domination of the Soviet Union (1918-1991), significant changes can be witnessed in five Central Asian countries in terms of religion and social progress, compared with the period of nomadic domination. However, most scholars both in China and abroad have so far focused on studies of Central Asia in either medieval or modern times. Little research has been done on the Soviet-era Central Asia. The essay, mainly based on three books or collections by foreign scholars, explores religion and society in Soviet-era Central Asia in western vision.


Western scholars, Central asia, Soviet model


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