This very classical short political science study on Islam and politics in Central Asia, without great interest in the Soviet background of many present-day phenomena, nor great expertise in the local history of the main Islamist organisations of the last two decades (the Akramiyya, in particular), distinguishes three waves of ‘Islamicisation’ ― the first in 1992-6 with the Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan; the second in 1996-2001 with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan; and a third one since 2001 with the growing success of the Hizb al-Tahrir al-Islamiyya. However, the author considers the secularisation of Central Asian societies and government the safest rampart against the progression of political Islamism, even if according to her a certain amount of diplomacy will be needed for the ongoing ‘modernisation’ of Islam by Central Asian states, with the support of a large variety of supporters of ‘moderate Islam’.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: II-7.4.A-627