Addressing the limitations of the damage-control-type discourse that is now dominating in the West as far as modern Islam is concerned, the author criticises an approach that forever tries to ‘explain’ Islam in Uzbekistan by dichotomising the ‘bad’, violence-prone zealots—viz. the respective members of the IMU and of the Hizb al-Tahrir—and the ‘good’ people of traditional Central Asian Islam, long established adherents of the more or less liberal Hanafi madhhab and of Sufi mystical paths.  For this, R.Z. stresses the role of culture in the sense of the transmission of religious values and the kinds of habitual practices and beliefs that inform the lives of millions of Uzbeks. (See also the following review.)

The Redaction
CER: I-5.3.D-494