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Uzbekistan Jails Women for Teaching Qur’an

OnIslam & News Agencies

The state television reported that the defendants will face charges of “radicalism” for teaching the Qur’an.

TASHKENT – A group of Muslim women has been jailed by Uzbek authorities in the capital city of Tashkent, in the district of Yangiyul, for teaching Muslims’ holy book, the Qur’an, to young girls.

The news, reported by World Bulletin on Thursday, December 4, said that women were teaching children Qur’an at home when they were arrested.

The state television reported that the defendants will face charges of “radicalism” for teaching the Qur’an.


Virtues of the Qur'an

Introduction to the Qur`an

The arrested women included Hanife Mirganieva, who was said to be "the group leader" along with other women.

A few number of women managed to escape police, with Uzbek officials expecting them to seek refuge in Turkey.

“Ozodlik” radio, the Uzbek service of Radio Free Europe, said that Mirganieva’s husband has been previously caught as Hizbut Tahrir member.

Uzbekistan, Central Asia's most populous nation, is at the heart of a geopolitical power struggle between the West and Russia.

Rights groups have long accused Uzbekistan of suppressing religious freedoms as part of a campaign against Islamic extremism.

In a 2012 country report, the New York-based Human Rights Watch accused the Uzbek authorities of continuing “their unrelenting, multi-year campaign of arbitrary detention, arrest and torture of Muslims who practice their faith outside state controls”.

In March 2012, Uzbek authorities prohibited the sale of religious clothing, specifically hijabs and face veil, at several Tashkent markets following a secretive ban on sales.

There is no legal provision banning sales of hijab, but legislation passed in 1998 sets out fines and short jail terms for wearing religious clothing in public. Punishment ranges from a fine of five to 10 times the monthly minimum wage to 15 days in jail.

In the first known prosecution under the law, a court in Syrdarya region fined a woman the equivalent of 155 US dollars for wearing hijab.

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