chapter  7
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Imagining time

For a long time, discourses on Islam in Central Asia have been pervaded by tropes of time. As mentioned in the introduction, Soviet ideology subjugated Islam to an interpretational framework which held that the evolutionary path to socialism would eventually eliminate religion and give way to a thoroughly rational, secular outlook. The fact that religious practices and beliefs continued to exist in spite of the fact that they should have been in decline was most often explained by the thesis that social consciousness is more conservative than social being, and that survivals or remnants of earlier forms of consciousness can be found in more developed societies. Religion was made a past relic irrelevant to modern concerns.