Islamic riddle

Architectural heritage along the Silk Road

Landlocked in the dry heart of the Caucasus, suspended between the Russian and European spheres of influence, wary of the threats that might come from neighboring Afghanistan and firmly ruled by an autocrat, the ex-Soviet republic struggles to keep fair diplomatic relations with the surrounding countries (most of all with Russia) while trying to improve its economy, which relies heavily on tourism along the ancient Silk Road, with the impressive architectural heritage of Timur’s era. But the most complex issue that the government has to deal with is Islam: in a Muslim-majority country, although under extremely tight control, religious extremism has already shown its face in more than one occasion.