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State and religion. Methodological manual (ed. O. Moldalieva, SCRA KR, Search for Common Ground, 2015)

In recent years, in Kyrgyzstan, religious revival is considered as one of the directions of the spiritual and moral development of the society, which, on the one hand, became possible as a result of democratic reforms and the development of a free economy, and on the other, was due to the strengthening of nihilism as a characteristics of transitional era, which consists in the absolute denial of previous ideals, the exaltation of liberal values and the rejection of the collectivist moral in favor of individualism.

These conditions provided an opportunity for the independent development and spread of various religious denominations in Kyrgyzstan, which, in the second half of the 1990s, began to manifest itself in a gradual increase in the number of believers in the country. Considering the development of the religious situation in Kyrgyzstan, it is necessary to note the main trends of this process, such as the positive influence of religion and problematic aspects of religious activity in the country. However, today the process of radicalization of citizens on religious grounds and the spread of extremist religious views in Kyrgyzstan pose a potential threat to the secular model of the state, the rights and freedoms of citizens of the country, public and national security of the Kyrgyz Republic.

In this regard, within the framework of the implementation of state policy in the religious sphere, this guide has been developed for high school students, which will help them navigate in matters of religion.

The main purpose of this manual is to raise awareness among secondary school students about the religious situation in Kyrgyzstan, state policy in the religious sphere and the activities of religious organizations in the country. In addition, while reading the manual, schoolchildren can familiarize themselves with the basic concepts of religion, its types, about the history of the emergence of various religious movements, etc.

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Topic: Children, Youth, Education, Preventing violent extremism, Religion
Country: Kyrgyzstan
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