‘There Can Be No Other Sun in the Sky’: Political Myth, Spirituality and Legitimacy in Contemporary Kazakhstan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter


With the elimination of Soviet state communism in the early 1990s, the ideational foundation of politics in the five Central Asian former Soviet republics had to undergo fundamental rebuilding. Instead of the defunct basis of Soviet-style Marxism-Leninism, the rulers of the suddenly independent Central Asian states urgently had to identify other ways and means of legitimizing their hold on power. The following is an analysis of how this quest has fared in the case of Kazakhstan, a resource-rich state with regional great-power aspirations.


External organisations
  • Malmö University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Political Science


  • Ethnic Identity, National Identity, Religious plurality, Soviet State, Islamic Culture
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContested Memories and the Demands of the Past : History Cultures in the Modern Muslim World Islam and Nationalism
EditorsCatharina Raudvere
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-39001-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-39000-0
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameIslam and Nationalism