Tajikistan Mulls Banning Islamic-Sounding Names

Flag_of_Tajikistan.svgThe Tajik parliament recently began discussing implementing restrictions on what parents can name their children, particularly focusing on banning Islamic names. Since the 1980s, the Tajik people have shifted away from Russian names towards more traditional Tajik names. In the last decade, this 90% Muslim country has shifted towards more Islamic names, which weren’t previously popular. This potential ban on Islamic names comes in conjunction with other initiatives to lessen the Muslim influence on Tajik society.