Digital Stories

These digital stories were produced by Fatima Sartbaeva, a CREECA student assistant and native of Kyrgyzstan. Fatima holds a master?s degree in gender studies from Central European University in Budapest and was the associate producer and on-screen translator of the 2004 documentary film Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan. Fatima plans to pursue doctoral work in cultural anthropology.

  1. The Sound and Feeling of the Koran
    by Dr. Talant Mawkanuli (5 minutes)
  2. Islam and the Media
    by Prof. Kemal H. Karpat (5 minutes)
  3. Islam in Turkmen women’s Lives
    by Dr. Shasenem Jorayewa (7 minutes)

1. Talant Mawkanuli: The Sound and Feeling of the Koran

MP3 (7 minutes)

What does it mean to consider Islam and music? In this short digital story, Talant Mawkanuli, a prominent linguist of Central Eurasian Turkic languages and an accomplished dombra player, talks about the connection between music and Islam in Central Asia and the sound and feeling of the Koran. Talant is currently a lecturer in Uighur language and culture at the University of Washington in Seattle. David Macasaet, a media production consultant at UW-Madison, provided production support and voice-over narration. The traditional Kazakh music was recorded by Andy Hassan and performed by Sekuntai. This digital story includes a recitation from Sura Luqman, chapter 31; verses: 12 ? 15. Recitation by Qari Iqbal. Special thanks to Jennifer Ryan Tishler and Uli Schamiloglu.

2. Kemal H. Karpat: Islam and the Media

MP3 (5 minutes)

What should Muslims do to improve the relationship between Islam and the media in America? In this short digital story, Kemal H. Karpat, a prominent historian, talks about informing the public about Islam and mass media in a post-9/11 world. Dr. Karpat is a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is of Crimean Tatar descent.

3. Shasenem Jorayewa: Islam in Turkmen women’s Lives

MP3 (7 minutes)

In this short digital story, Shasenem Jorayewa talks about the connection between Islam and the meanings of traditions in Turkmen women’s lives. Also reflecting on her personal life, Dr. Jorayewa explains the complexities of religious requirements, faith, and modern life in America and Turkmenistan. Dr. Jorayewa was a Fulbright Research/Teaching Fellowship Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is presently a Professor at the university in Ashgabad, Turkmenistan. Voice-over narration for this short digital story was provided by Dr. Jennifer Ryan Tishler, Associate Director of the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA). The story was produced by Fatima Sartbaeva. David Macasaet, a media production consultant and Shahin Izadi at L&S

Learning Support Services at UW-Madison provided production support.