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Islam as a symbolic element of national identity used by the nationalist ideology in the nation and state building process in post-Soviet Kazakhstan

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.''