Experience of Tolerant Relationships among the Peoples of Uzbekistan (Using the Example of the Akmechet Mennonites of Khorezm)
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Khiva Khanate
Khiva
Mennonites
Akmechet Mennonites
Migration
Adaptation
Language
Traditions
Customs
Culture

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1. Inoyatova D. Experience of Tolerant Relationships among the Peoples of Uzbekistan (Using the Example of the Akmechet Mennonites of Khorezm) // Journal of Frontier Studies. 2023. № 3 (8). C. 157-170.

Abstract

This article delves into the history of a group of Mennonites who migrated from Russia to Turkestan in the late 1870s. Utilizing a wide range of archival sources, publications, and oral history, the author analyzes the reasons for the Mennonites’ migration, their adaptation to new conditions drastically different from their previous locales. Special attention is given to the relationship between Mennonites and local residents on cultural and socio-economic levels.

Considering public administration within the Mennonite community, the author stresses the vital role played by the elected headman, or “forshteer”, who represented the administrative authority and maintained order in the settlement. The successful evolution of the Mennonite community hinged on his adept administration. Interestingly, this form of public administration bears similarities to the self-governing authorities of the “Mahalla” community, a system long-standing in Central Asia.

In conclusion, the author surmises that despite not knowing the language, customs, or culture of the local peoples, with the support of the Khan and Khiva neighbors, the Akmechet Mennonite diaspora managed to settle quite well, leaving a positive imprint in the region.

The experience of tolerant relationships among the peoples of Uzbekistan towards migrants, which resulted in cordial neighborly relations, can still be useful today, in this challenging global climate.

https://doi.org/10.46539/jfs.v8i3.536
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