Muslims in a Global Context - Oakland Campus: Kazakhstan
This guide provides selected high-quality resources for those interested in Muslims around the world and in Islam. It features both subject and religious databases and links as well as pages for related mini-courses.
Call Number: DK908.867 .A48 2012 Hillman Library General Collection
Jonathan Aitken has written an insightful and illuminating portrait of 21st Century Kazakhstan as it approaches its 20th Anniversary of independence from the former Soviet Union.
Surprises abound in Aitken's lively pages as he captures the creative tensions between Old and New Kazakhstan. Thanks to his unique access, the author has probed the darkest corners of the fading Soviet mentality in areas such as the prisons, the KGB stations and the torture cases. He has also enjoyed the bright lights of the country's cultural renaissance, particularly in Almaty with its four orchestras, 19 theatres, 27 concert halls and Opera Houses.
Policy and practice are examined in detail and the results of their analysis presented on challenges ranging from introducing national self-determination, inequitable distribution of power and privilege, national identity and constitutional law, the interrelationship of corruption and authoritarianism, Kazakhstan¿s role in global oil politics, and the subtle art of international relations with Russia, just next door, and the United States, half a world away.