Sacred Geographies in the Eurasian Steppes: Aqkol shrine as a symbol of Kazakh ethnicity and religiosity

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My main argument is that the Aqkol shrine complex reveals a strong relationship between the religious and national identity as well as the development of civil religion (Coleman 1970) in contemporary Kazakhstan. In the years following independence, Muslim shrines have become perceived as part of the Kazakh national historical and cultural heritage; they are “essential pillars” of the “Kazakh national spirit” that provide ties to an imagined past.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFolklore (Estonia)
Publication statusUnpublished - Dec 1 2020

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