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Jama’at al Tabligh: An example of Islamic cooperation
Jan 30 2013 12:15pm
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Jama’at al Tabligh: An example of Islamic cooperation between Central Asia and South Asia


Bayram Balci
Visiting Scholar
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
The renewal of Central Asian Islam is generally traced to influences emanating from Middle Eastern countries, as well as to indigenous factors. This lecture will focus on equally important influences from the Indian subcontinent, notably the Jama’at al Tabligh. The history, current prospects, and geopolitical significance of this development will be considered for Central Asia, focusing on Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, where the organization is the most active and visible.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

12:15pm - ICC 270

Bayram Balci is a researcher at Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales, CERI, Paris, France, and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC. His research focuses on Islam in Turkey, the Caucasus and Central Asia. As a research fellow at the French Institute for Anatolian Studies (IFEA) in Istanbul, Turkey, Balci established the Institute’s office in Baku, Azerbaijan. During his four-year mission, he studied the features and interactions of Shia and Sunni Islam in Azerbaijan and its relations with Iran. From 2006 to 2010, he was the director of the French Institute for Central Asian Studies (IFEAC) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. During his time in the region, his research also examined Turkey’s influence and the Islamic revival in Central Asia. He is the director of the editorial board of Les Cahiers d’Asie Centrale, a French journal dedicated to Central Asian studies. He is the author of Missionnaires de l'Islam en Asie centrale: Les écoles turques de Fethullah Gülen (Maisonneuve & Larose, 2003) and recently co-edited with Marlène Laruelle, Sébastien Peyrouse and Jean François Huchet, China and India in Central Asia: A New 'Great Game'? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

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