Photo by Diana Markosian markosian | A group of dancers in Grozny, Chechnya, wait to perform in the central square. After nearly two decades of war and 70 years of Soviet rule during which religious participation was banned, modern-day Chechnya is going through an Islamic revival. I traveled to Chechnya over the course of two years and watched as the republic transformed, with Chechen authorities building mosques in every village, prayer rooms in public schools, and enforcing a stricter Islamic dress code for both men and women.

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