National Museum of Ethnology
Department of Cultural Research・Associate Professor
I have been studying the dynamism of communities and religion in Central Asia, particularly in Kazakhstan. My special interest has been in how Islam is practiced in today’s daily lives after the country’s transition from a socialist regime. Accordingly, I have focused on the revitalization of memorial rituals of reciting the Qur’an for the deceased in line with genealogical awareness and “ancestry’s land.” Since such Islamic practices in Kazakhstan are related to a variety of movements of people, I am also interested in the memory of nomadic life, the process of settlement of patrilineal clans, and recent migration of Kazakhs abroad to Independent Kazakhstan.

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