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Uzbekistan Madrassahs

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Uzbekistan Madrassahs

Uzbekistan Madrassahs

Uzbekistan Madrassahs

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In the Uzbek city of Bukhara, several Islamic institutes, or madrassahs, have that nation's government concerned that the schools might become centers for militant Islam. The Soviet Union shut down the schools, but with independence in 1991, several have re-opened. NPR's Lawrence Sheets reports on the government's efforts to control the curriculum in the madrassahs, which have an ancient tradition in that city.