Uzbekistan is as quickly as as quickly as extra worrying about the place A pair of of its residents are studying Islam and officers Inside the nation and its embassies in Egypt and Turkey are taking measures to ease these considerations.
The Uzbek authorities has apparently rereferred to as some 1,500 youthful people studying at spiritual schools in Egypt in current months.
The causes are nonetheless obscure, however Uzbek authorities Aren’t solely working to convey again A pair of of their residents studying Islam in Egypt and Turkey, They’re additionally tightening administration over who leaves the nation To consider religion overseas.
RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service, acknowledged regionally as Ozodlik, said a repredespatchedative from the Uzbek Embassy in Egypt confirmed in a June 9 telephone name that The distinguished Al-Azhar College would now solely settle for an Uzbek scholar Of religion after Uzbekistan’s Committee for Religious Affairs of The cupboard of Ministers had given an official suggestion for That particular scholar.
The embassy claimed that Based mostly on the administration at Al-Azhar, lots of Of scholars from Uzbekistan had not been attending their packages or taking exams. The Uzbek Embassy repredespatchedative in Cairo referred to as this an “alarming actuality.”
RFE/RL spoke with A particular person related to Uzbekistan’s State Safety Service (DXX). Talking beneath situation of anonymity, this particular person said A lot of the roughly 1,500 Uzbek scholars who have been launched again from Egypt in current months have been from the Ferghana, Andijon, and Namangan provinces in Uzbekistan’s part of the Ferghana Valley, A pair of of the conservative spiritual areas in Central Asia.
The embassy in Egypt posted A press launch on its internet website expressing cas quickly asrn that “most residents” have been being taught at doubtful “institutions and facilities” in Cairo. The supply Shut to the DXX said In lots of situations these scholars had flown to Dubai on one-week visas and from there journeyed to Egypt.
Ozodlik additionally famous that in Turkey, A minimal of three madrasahs the place Uzbek scholars have been studying have been currently closed by the Turkish security service.
Furtherextra, the supply related to the DXX said that Inside The primary 5 months of 2021, some 1,800 minors had been stopped at Uzbekistan’s borders as they tried to journey to Egypt To consider at spiritual schools.
Ozodlik’s supplys said these youthful people and Most of The scholars in Egypt and Turkey have been being despatched there, However the supplys Did not say who was sending them overseas for spiritual education.
Mubashshir Ahmad is the Founding father of the Zon.uz internet website. He studied at Al-Azhar Inside the Nineteen Nineties. Ahmad referred to as the Uzbek authorities’s actions “interference” in people’s constitutional proper to education.
Ahmad has helped arrange for Uzbek residents to attend madrasahs in Egypt and he claimed that about one month in the past, the Abroad Ministry declared “lots of” of Uzbek residents in Egypt to be on a “needed itemizing,” collectively with some who have been educating at madrasahs.
Ahmad said an acquaintance had currently returned to Uzbekistan from The center East and was questioned about spiritual schools. He said others had additionally been questioned upon return to their homeland.
That might not The primary time Uzbekistan has rereferred to as spiritual scholars studying at foreign schools. In 1997, the Uzbek authorities launched again some 2,000 scholars from Turkey after listening to that Islamic clerics from fundamentaitemizing sects had been making an try to recruit them.
Some have been studying the works of the late Kurdish Sunni Muslim theologian Said Nursi, and for Greater than 10 years after this rename There have been arrests and prosecutions in Uzbekistan Of people for distrihowevering or educating the properly-acknowledged Nursi’s works.