Book

Muslim Turkistan: Kazak religion and collective memory

Curzon PressRichmond, Surrey • Published In 2001 • Pages:

By: Privratsky, Bruce G..

Abstract
The Kazak are a Muslim people in Central Asia among whom religious belief and behavior are mediated by a verbatim memory of their nomadic ancestors and the Sufi saints who nurtured them in the way of Islam. This book seeks to interpret Kazak religion based on people's actual experiences. The focus is on spirituality and Muslim life among the Kazaks in the small city of Turkistan in Southern Kazakhstan, which has been the center of Kazak religious life (associated with the Sufi legacy) and cultural identity. Framing the discussion on anthropological theories of religion, the author concludes by identifying salient features of Kazak religious life.
Subjects
General character of religion
Religious experience
Prayers and sacrifices
Religious denominations
Traditional history
Mythology
Prophets and ascetics
Revelation and divination
Magic
Shamans and psychotherapists
Sacred objects and places
Religious denominations
Religious intolerance and martyrs
External relations
Avoidance and taboo
Cult of the dead
Congregations
Religious and educational structures
Cultural identity and pride
culture
Kazakh
HRAF PubDate
2010
Region
Asia
Sub Region
Central Asia
Document Type
Book
Evaluation
Anthropologist-5
Analyst
Teferi Abate Adem; 2010
Coverage Date
1864-2001
Coverage Place
Turkestan (city), South Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan
Notes
Bruce G. Privratsky
Includes bibliographical references (p. 275-298) and index
LCCN
2009415562
LCSH
Islam--Kazakhstan--Turkistan--20th century
Sufism--Kazakhstan--Turkistan--20th century
Kazakhs--Religious life
Islam. gtt
Turkistan (Kazakhstan)--Religion--20th century
Kazakhstan--Turkistan--Religion--20th century