The Unifying Aspects of Cultures


Central Asia and the Modern World: confrontation, dialogue or interactivity?

Chair of the section/Suggestions, Abstracts, Papers to:
Email: Munira Shahidi (Dushanbe)
Section language: English

ABSTRACT: All three trends existed historically in time and space of Central Asia. But due to its geographical position it still did not work out an own strategic and methodological regional policy to interact with the Modern World. Although philosophical approach to development, based on rethinking of Aristotelian system of knowledge within ground-gross heterogeneous society was expressed in Avicennian system of worldview, it could not be actualized in Modern World.

Thus, the last eleven years of independents is a crucial historical period to create its own legislature system to integrate the Modern World on three dimensions: national, regional and global.

During the last decade after perestroika toward nowadays the crucial achievement of the regional policy was expressed in Tajikistan in legalization of the three contradicting trends: religious-Islamic, secular-communistic and civil society. But the problem is that there is no essential methodological literature, which could define conceptual perception of development of the region as a part of the contemporary world. To create that concept means to bridge the gap between old soviet regional perception of the world as contradiction and rivalry and contemporary view as cultural interconnection and interactivity as a reality. The starting point is to define the common point of all three essential trends of existing regional policy.

As a Tajik researcher Saodat Olimova points out: "Islam is the most constructive component of cultural, civilasational, ethnical identity in Tajikistan" and that idea is essential more or less to all five countries of Central Asia as a whole. But the problem is how to bridge the gap between local, ruined Islam, as it is exists in post-soviet sphere and the world experience of perception of civilasational role of Islam in the Modern World? How the art of surviving in the reality is expressed in central Asian literature, music, drawing, crafts and other environmental development? That would be demonstrated and conceptualized in the section of the November conference in Austria; what is the diversity of expression in the literature, music, and art and how the original holistic regional view expressed in modern art of diversity of national cultures of Central Asia? What is the main trend of transformation of the artistic vision of the world in contemporary art in general and in Central Asia of our own days particularly? These questions will be discussed on the section of the conference.