Kyrgyzstan: Recruitment to Hizb ut-Tahrir based on family ties

5 September 2009

By Yulia LIPOVICH

Recruitment to Hizb ut-Tahrir takes advantage of local culture, which places great emphasis on family relations, the latest report published by the International Crisis Group said.

 

Many people remarked half-jokingly that the HT approach reminded them of a business network marketing scheme in which members sign up their spouses and close relatives for a product and then engage them to find further participants. “Recruitment through family ties is most effective in a conservative environment where a woman’s mobility is often limited to her neighbourhood,” the experts said.

An HT husband will almost certainly recruit his wife as at least a sympathiser, while husband’s permission is required for joining the organization. The secondary role of women in traditional society places the HT female wing in the background or engage in trainings.

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