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Otin is a Central Asian term referring to a woman who serves as an Islamic teacher and leader in the local community. Their position has a high status, somewhat similar to a mullah's,[1] and certain otines are officially recognized by their country's Muslim board[clarification needed].[2] Otines would also serve as teachers at religious schools for girls.[3]


  1. ^ Northrop, Douglas (Spring 2001). "Subaltern Dialogues: Subversion and Resistance in Soviet Uzbek Family Law". Slavic Review. The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. 60 (1): 115–139. JSTOR 2697646. doi:10.2307/2697646. 
  2. ^ Corcoran-Nantes, Yvonne (2005). Lost Voices: Central Asian Women Confronting Transition. London, New York: Zed Books. p. 141. ISBN 1-84277-537-5. 
  3. ^ Kamp, Marianne R. (Summer–Autumn 2001). "Three Lives of Saodat: Communist, Uzbek, Survivor". The Oral History Review. 28 (2): 21–58. doi:10.1525/ohr.2001.28.2.21. 

Additional reading[edit]

  • Fathi, Habiba. (March 1997). "Otines: The unknown women clerics of Central Asian Islam". Central Asian Survey 16 (1): 27-43.