In photos: Muslims in Bishkek mark Ramadan with prayer, iftar

This photo essay explores how some Muslims in Kyrgyzstan celebrate the holy month.

Scholars urge Tajik imams to take active role in fighting extremism

Clerics should pay attention to their congregations' moods and help solve personal problems that unaddressed can lead to radicalisation, observers say.

Kazakhstanis voice concern over religious knowledge of country's imams

President Nazarbayev and society are calling on Islamic authorities to provide continuing education for imams and scholars.

Russian-language programme in Kazakhstan targets potential female extremists

The aim of the programme is to reach the minority population that does not speak Kazakh and to veer them away from radical ideas.

Programme in Kyrgyzstan aims to instil imams with 'enlightened Islam'

Educational programmes nationwide are meant to address past deficiencies in imams' knowledge of Islam.

Kazakhstani imams aim to stem violence inside mosques

The Spiritual Administration for the Muslims of Kazakhstan is working to protect mosques from disorderly attendees.

Uzbekistani leaders launch multi-faith effort against extremism

Leaders of various religions are calling for inter-faith harmony and denouncing efforts by extremists to create rifts in society.

Kyrgyzstan opens new mosques

New mosques will allow clergy to reach more people, helping them 'better understand Sharia' and prevent them from Islamic radicalisation, religious scholars believe.

Kazakhstan takes comprehensive approach against radicals

Defeating radicalism will take a commitment on all levels, officials say.

Kazakh imams learn to battle extremism

Workshops nationwide are teaching them the tools to defeat extremists.

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