Religious revival, nationalism and the ‘invention of tradition’: political Tengrism in Central Asia and Tatarstan

  title={Religious revival, nationalism and the ‘invention of tradition’: political Tengrism in Central Asia and Tatarstan},
  author={Marl{\`e}ne Laruelle},
  journal={Central Asian Survey},
  pages={203 - 216}
  • M. Laruelle
  • Published 1 June 2007
  • Sociology
  • Central Asian Survey
Abstract This article aims to analyse the birth of a new ideological movement called ‘Tengrism’. According to its theoreticians, Tengrism represents a key element in the identity renewal of Turkic–Mongol peoples and should be adopted as the official religion by the new states of the region. This paper enquires into the ways in which Tengrism is being politically deployed in the service of post-Soviet nationalisms in Kyrgyzstan and Tatarstan and to a lesser extent, in Kazakhstan, Bashkortostan… 

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