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Islamic opposition in Azerbaijan: Discursive conflicts and beyond
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
2015 (English)In: Religion, Politics and Nation-Building in Post-Communist Countries / [ed] Greg Simons and David Westerlund, Farnham: Ashgate, 2015, 117-142 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In 2004 the Azerbaijani authorities decided to evict the Juma mosque community from the mosque in Baku’s old town where they had been conducting prayers since 1992; under the auspices they lacked the proper registration and the facilities were state property. As the community resisted eviction, police entered the mosque during prayertime, physically removed the worshippers and closed it down. Preceding this, the popular imam of the Juma Mosque had been arrested during a political demonstration and sentenced to a five year suspended sentence for violating Azerbaijani law by engaging politically despite being a religious leader. These episodes rendered a lot of attention at the time as they highlighted a conflict between a religious group and the state in Azerbaijan, a country generallydescribed as one of the more secular in the former Soviet Union. Almost 10 years after the Juma incidents the relationship between the Azerbaijani authorities and certain parts of the Islamic community is still tense and doesfrom time to time manifest itself in open controversies. In order to shed lighton how some Muslim groups in Azerbaijan became perceived as oppositional, this chapter focuses on colliding discourses that become societal and intensified as the authorities with all means try to control discursive as well as social practices.

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Farnham: Ashgate, 2015. 117-142 p.
, Post-Soviet politics
Keyword [en]
Islam, opposition, mobilization, post-Soviet, Azerbaijan, authoritarianism
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies) Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Political Science; Sociology of Religion; Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-241511ISBN: 978-1-4724-4969-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-241511DiVA: diva2:779731
Available from: 2015-01-13 Created: 2015-01-13 Last updated: 2015-06-12Bibliographically approved

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