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Aydingün, Aysegül
The main intention of this article is to analyze the role of Islam in post-Soviet Kazakhstan and its utilization in the nation building and state building processes. It is argued that Islam in post-Soviet Kazakhstan is a cultural phenomenon rather than a religious one and is an important market, of national identity despite the competition of radical movements in the '' religious field.''


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A. Aydingün, “Islam as a symbolic element of national identity used by the nationalist ideology in the nation and state building process in post-Soviet Kazakhstan,” JOURNAL FOR THE STUDY OF RELIGIONS AND IDEOLOGIES, pp. 69–83, 2007, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: