More than 86% of the population of Kyrgyzstan is Muslim. Kyrgyzstan has seen a drain of its non-Muslim population as the percentage of Russians, Ukrainians, and Germans dropped from about 32% to about 14% within 20 years. This and the revival of Islamic practices since independence made Islam a force to be considered in the political spheres of Kyrgyzstan. The constitution of Kyrgyzstan is strictly secular, but Islamic values seep into not only daily but also political life.
Most Muslims belong to the Sunni branch of Islam, which came into the region already during the 8th century. Sufism has a strong tradition in Kyrgyzstan. The wandering sufi ascetics might have found a better reception with nomadic North. And it doesn’t surprise that you can still find shamanistic practices among Kyrgyz Muslims. The South of Kyrgyzstan is different; you can view the North as being more secular and the South being more religious.
Left side is a picture of women in traditional dresses
The first picture irritates, but it shows the concerns of politicians, in which direction the Kyrgyz society might chance to go. On the other hand only the women should decide how much veil they want to be dressed in (Niqab). The niqab and burka might arouse security concerns, especially in countries that see terroristic attacks. How is it in Kyrgyzstan? I haven’t seen extreme forms like niqab or burka. Lots of women don’t use a headscarf. One sees more women in rural areas than in the cities wearing a headscarf.
Market in Bishkek - the meat sellers have to wear a cap or a head scarf because of hygienic reasons (so its 50:50 here)
Three young ladies obviously enjoying a more traditional way of dressing - central park in Bishkek
Posing for wedding pictures near Karakol / Issyk-Kul
Market at Osch in the South - most women wear hijab
But that's also at the market in Osch - and none of the young women is wearing a head scarf
Yanti Hölzchen - https://www.uni-tuebingen.de/en/news/newsfullview-news/article/moscheen-bau-boomt-in-kirgisistan.html