THE ISLAMIC MOVEMENT OF UZBEKISTAN: DEVELOPMENT STAGES AND ITS PRESENT STATE
Ikbaldjon Mirsaitov, Chief expert at the International Institute of Strategic Research under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)
On 10 January, 2006, leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) Muhammad Tahir “Faruk” (alias Tahir Yoldosh) issued a video address to all Muslims of Central Asia. He spoke in the Uzbek.
In August 2006, after the antiterrorist operation of the law-enforcement bodies in Osh, in the south of Kyrgyzstan, in which Muhammadrafik Kamalov, imam of the Friday al-Sarahsi mosque in the town of Kara-Suu, was killed, some information agencies and Internet sites (Voice of America, BBC, and Feghana.ru, among others) received audio address by the same person.
In September 2006, the same information agencies and sites were treated to another share of his addresses marking the fifth anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11 in the U.S.
I used these addresses and the recent Central Asian developments to analyze the present state of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, its plans for the future, and its relationship with other religious extremist organizations, such as Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami, Akromiyya, and others.
IMU Activities: Stage-by-Stage
Events and facts as well as numerous publications and commentaries serve as a starting point for identifying the stages of IMU development.
First Stage. 1988: Radically-minded Muslims and religious leaders first made their presence obvious in Tashkent; it became clear that………………..