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Wojownicy i mistycy. Dzieje i specyfika islamizacji Azji Środkowej

Author: Paweł Jessa
Year of publication: 2011
Source: Show
Pages: 173-200
DOI Address: http://dx.doi.org/10.15804/npw2011111
PDF: npw/01/npw2011111.pdf

The spread of Islam in Central Asia was the turning point in history of this region. The author offers a historical periodization of this long and complex process of successive initiation of Central Asia to the Islamic civilization, which began in the 8th century and lasted more than a millennium. The periodization is based on most important historical events, conquests, political upheavals and social changes that influenced the destiny of the region’s peoples. Much attention is paid to the history (concerning parts of the territory of Central Asia) and the penetration of the areas by the Islamic Sufi brotherhood, which played a controversial, but also a significant role in mobilizing the spiritual and cultural development of Central Asian societies. The article highlights the problems associated with the violation of human rights and the persecution of Islamic believers in the Soviet state, as well as the negative effects of policy of militant atheism.

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