“Where is Our Honor?” Sports, Masculinity, and Authority in Kazakhstani Islamic Media

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Abstract

This paper examines the construction of Islamic authority in Kazakhstani online
media. I build on the growing scholarship in Central Asian studies that questions the
logocentric nature of Islamic authority, even for scripturalist Muslims. Taking the YouTube channel of Abdughappar Smanov as a case study, I argue that some scripturalist
preachers in Kazakhstan construct their Islamic authority by tapping into Soviet, Kazakh, and global currents of masculinity and sport.
Original languageEnglish
Article number 6 (2019) 189-205
Pages (from-to)189-205
Number of pages15
JournalCentral Asian Affairs
Volume6
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - May 13 2019
EventGWU - Washington, United States
Duration: Oct 5 2017 → …

Keywords

  • Islam Sport Central Asia Kazakhstan

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