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Islam Under Fire in Kazakhstan

MIN READNov 3, 2016 | 09:36 GMT

Worshippers gather outside the Great Mosque in Almaty. Kazakh authorities have blamed a string of recent attacks in the country on followers of Salafism.

(URIEL SINAI/Getty Images)

Over the past few months, Kazakhstan has taken steps to quash the practice of Salafism, an ultraconservative strain of Islam, within its borders. The government in Astana, already grappling with a weak economy, persistent protests, militant attacks and a looming presidential succession, fears that the religious sect will further destabilize the country by inciting violence. But if the Kazakh government is not careful, its crackdown on Islam may exacerbate the security problems facing it rather than solve them....

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