DUSHANBE, Tajikistan — Islam is blossoming in Tajikistan. Beards are in
style. Headscarves, too. Bazaars are doing a booming trade in prayer
rugs, religious audio recordings and gaudy clocks featuring Muslim holy
After decades of enforced secularism, the people of this impoverished
former Soviet republic have been flocking to their traditional religion
with all the zeal of born-again movements anywhere in the world.
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