The Islamization of Tajikistan
August 6, 2010
364 new mosques have been built in Tajikistan since the beginning of this year, reports Russian news agency Ferghana.ru citing Deutsche Welle.
In addition, the largest mosque in Central Asia – able to accommodate 150,000 worshippers – is scheduled to be built in the Tajik captial, Dushanbe. The mosque complex will also include an Islamic University. Both projects are financed by Arab investors. “The experts believe this is the evidence of higher Islamization of Tajik society” reports Ferghana.ru.
Last month, two Kyrgyz members of Islamic Jihad Union were taken into custody by Tajik authorities and turned over to Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA). The Islamic Jihad Union members claimed they underwent jihadist training in Waziristan and then entered Tajikistan from Iran via Afghanistan’s Kunduz province, according to Kyrgyz news agency 24.kg.
Tajikistan’s rapid rate of Islamization, when examined in view of its shared borders with Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan (the latter identified, militarily, as Central Asia’s “weakest” state), suggest that Tajikstan will be a key target for absorption into a future Islamic Caliphate envisioned to stretch from North Africa, through the Arab World, Central Asia and western China, and extending to Malaysia, southern Thailand, Indonesia and part of the Philippines. (See map.)