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Muslim Youth: Tensions And Transitions In Tajikistan
Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, the peoples of Central Asia (Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) have been exposed to new, Western influences that stress individualism at the expense Central Asian traditions of family and communalism. Young men in particular are exposed to new ideas and lifestyles as they travel in large numbers outside ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 24th 2006 by Westview Press
(first published 2006)
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Colette Harris' book "Muslim Youth" is based on her experiences with working in the Dushanbe area (western Tajikistan) and how society, and especially the young men are adapting to changes with modernity, and also trying to continue their old traditions of living in Islamic societal context. The author describes how powerful family bonds are being broken as young men are torn away from traditional society, and deals with the issues of dating, marriage, education, employment and a little about po ...more
I loved it. It was quite easy to read, her arguments were (mostly) convincing, and she had enough caveats that she didn't expect her models to apply elsewhere or even to every family in Tajikistan. Still, it was a good illustration of how a model can be useful in evaluating certain aspects of family life and cultural expectations. It's quite interesting because she does great job of presenting how socialism might change certain cultural dynamics that one wouldn't necessarily think of. For exampl ...more