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The relationship between religiosity of Kazakh women and attitudes toward political, economic, and social factors in modern day Kazakhstan

Tolsdorf, Marjorie (2017) The relationship between religiosity of Kazakh women and attitudes toward political, economic, and social factors in modern day Kazakhstan. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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How does religiosity of a Kazakh woman impact her attitudes toward the political, economic, and social climate of modern day Kazakhstan? There is no reason to presume that Kazakh women have the same opinions as Muslim women from the Islamic countries of the Middle East and Northern Africa if we hold that culture influences social, and therefore religious, life. I argue that Islam in Kazakhstan includes distinct rituals and cultural aspects surrounding religious practice that shape the attitudes of Kazakh women, differentiating them from Muslim women in other Islamic countries. This results from a combination of Islamic rituals and beliefs from Tengrianism, the religion of the Kazakh nomads. I found a weak relationship between religiosity and most political, economic, and social attitudes of Kazakh women. These findings prove that it is vital to treat each Muslim country as a specific case, rather than to generalize the nature of countries with common ethnic groups or religious majorities. As the global prevalence of radical Islamic groups increases, cultivating an understanding of Islam in areas of the world such as Central Asia is vital to comprehending the non-radical realizations of Islam as a belief system.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Tolsdorf, Marjoriemrt50@pitt.edumrt50
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorMurtazashvili, Jenniferjmurtaz@pitt.edujmurtaz
Committee MemberMontgomery,
Committee MemberFinkel, Mügemfinkel@pitt.edumfinkel
Committee MemberPadunov, Vladimirpadunov@pitt.edupadunov
Date: 26 April 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 7 April 2017
Approval Date: 26 April 2017
Submission Date: 20 April 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 124
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Kazakhstan; Women; Islam
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2017 14:50
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2017 05:15


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