(Washington Post) The five post-Soviet countries of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) are secular states with a majority Sunni Muslim population — and each has a Shiite minority population. Sunni-Shiite tensions in other countries have escalated into violent conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Iran and elsewhere. So what’s the story on Central Asia’s Shiite groups? […]
Who are the Shiite in Central Asia?
Why are these groups under close watch?
Are the central Asian Shiite a conduit for trouble from Iran or the Islamic State?
Shiite and Sunni in central Asian countries appear to have an uneasy truce — for now
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