Kazakhstan - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religious Practices

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Kazakhstan

POPULATION 16,741,519
MUSLIM 63 percent
ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN 32 percent
CATHOLIC 3 percent
PROTESTANT 1 percent
OTHER 1 percent

Kazakhstan

Country Overview

Introduction

The Republic of Kazakhstan is the largest country in Central Asia. It is bordered to the northwest and north by Russia; to the east by China; to the south by Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and the Aral Sea; and to the southwest by the Caspian Sea.

With the second largest population among Central Asian countries, Kazakhstan is also the most ethnically and religiously diverse country in the region. Its religious divisions closely coincide with ethnicity. While Kazakhs, who make up about 53 percent of the population, and members of 23 other ethnic groups are considered Sunni Muslims of the Hanafi tradition, East Slavs (mainly Russians) in the country profess Orthodox Christianity, and Germans and Poles profess Catholicism or Protestantism. In practical terms, however, 10 to 15 percent of Kazakhs—and a larger percentage of Russians—characterize...

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