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Niginakhon Saida

Niginakhon Saida

Niginakhon Saida is a scholar whose research interests focus on gender, Islam, and politics in Central Asia.

Nigina is a graduate of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, where she studied politics and security (Central Asia). She is an adjunct professor at Webster University in Tashkent and teaches political science and sociology related classes. She is also a master’s student at the University of Glasgow in Eurasian studies. Her research interests focus on gender, Islam, and politics in Central Asia. Nigina has a degree in European Studies: Human Rights and Democratization in the Caucasus from Yerevan State University as well.

You can find her on Twitter.

Nigina was a Summer 2022 intern with The Diplomat’s Crossroads Asia section and is now a regular contributor to The Diplomat.

Posts by Niginakhon Saida
June 20, 2023

Redeeming Book Culture in Uzbekistan

By Niginakhon Saida
In a new political era, boosted by social media, Uzbekistan’s publishers, translators, and book bloggers see rewarding opportunities amid the challenges.

May 04, 2023

Meet the Women Who Pushed Uzbekistan to Criminalize Domestic Violence

By Niginakhon Saida
These are the women, among many others, who advocated and pushed for Uzbekistan to finally criminalize domestic violence. 
April 04, 2023

Civil Society Activists Launch Campaign Against ‘Culture of Violence’ in Tashkent

By Niginakhon Saida
With the support of the country’s mass media foundation, local civil society activists are trying to instill the message that violence against women is not innate to Uzbek culture.

March 31, 2023

Online Bride and Prejudice in Uzbek Society

By Niginakhon Saida and Zukhra Rakhmatullaeva
As matchmatching moves online in Uzbekistan, bigoted preferences are more apparent than ever. 

March 14, 2023

Another Uzbek Killed in Ukraine 

By Niginakhon Saida
Uzbek migrant workers in Russia, and those serving time in Russian prisons, are particularly vulnerable to recruitment into the Russian military.

March 09, 2023

Central Asians Face Entry Denial at Georgian Border

By Niginakhon Saida
Several Central Asians report being turned away recently at the Georgian border with no detailed explanation. 
January 20, 2023

Uzbekistan’s Drawn-out Journey From Cyrillic to Latin Script

By Niginakhon Saida
Visit Uzbekistan and you’ll see a variety of alphabets used, a product of the country’s many changes and the long march toward fully using a Latin script. 

November 29, 2022

Abortion in Uzbekistan: Legal, Accessible, Declining

By Niginakhon Saida
Abortion in Uzbekistan has never been politicized as it has been in the West, but terminating a pregnancy is still becoming less common.

October 26, 2022

For Sale: Uzbek Babies, Never Parented.

By Niginakhon Saida
“Shame” culture and poverty are forcing some Uzbek women to sell their newborns for pennies and purity.

October 21, 2022

To Deepen Relations With Uzbekistan, Turkey Leans on Cultural Appeal

By Niginakhon Saida
Amid a rapid rapprochement, Ankara has relied on soft power in Uzbekistan by strengthening cultural ties in language and education opportunities. But is it enough?

September 15, 2022

Uzbekistan’s Looted Museums and Forged Artifacts

By Niginakhon Saida
As New Uzbekistan aims to attract more tourists, local museums are finally receiving long-due attention, including in regard to stolen artifacts.
August 25, 2022

Uzbekistan’s Islamic Revival, Online

By Niginakhon Saida
The content of state-sanctioned Islam conveyed online does not differ from what is published in books, but the delivery makes a difference.

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