February 26, 2014

Moderate Islam? Look to Central Asia

S. Frederick Starr, New York Times

The Associated Press

For more than a decade, the United States has been reaching out to the Muslim world, courting Islamic moderates even as it wages war with religious extremists. Washington’s efforts have been concentrated mostly on the Middle East, with little success. The Americans might do better to focus on another region that has an equal claim to being Islam’s true heartland — the new nations along the old Silk Road through Central Asia.

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TAGGED: Central Asia, Islam, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan

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