Uzbekistan: Women’s Perceptions of Religion, Faith and Traditions

Munavara Abdullaeva, Shokhida Gafurova


The aim of this paper is to study the changes that might have occurred during the years of independence and to examine the impact of these changes on the lives of women in Uzbekistan. This paper integrates the main changes in Uzbek women’s attitudes and perceptions on such topics as religion, faith and traditions among others. It emphasizes the effects of the expansion of old traditions on the lives of Uzbek women the decade after Uzbekistan gained its independence in 1991, and explains the impact of religion on women’s behaviour in social and family life. Traditions and changes that relate not only to religious practices but also to ethnic customs are included in the analysis.


Women; Islamic Rules; Cultural Heritage; Traditions; Fundamentalism; Transition; Independence; Religious Observations

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