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Turkey and Azerbaijan: One Religion-Two States?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
2016 (English)In: Turkish-Azerbaijani Relations. One Nation-Two States? / [ed] Murad Ismayilov and Norman Graham, London and New York: Routledge, 2016, 127-149 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter is set to provide a more thorough understanding of what made ‘Turkish Islam’ the preferred choice for the political leaders of independent Azerbaijan as well as highlight and attempt to explain the fact that this amicable reception of Turkish religious representatives seems gradually to be coming to an end. It is argued that even though the religious aspect has never been the most significant in Turkish-Azerbaijani relations, the dynamics within the religious terrain underlying the interaction between the two states can be viewed as a function of the ‘politicization’ of the issue. Put differently, because the embrace of Turkish Islam on the elite level came as a political decision, transformation of and change in the political parameters underlying bilateral relations—both intra-state parameters within Turkey and Azerbaijan respectively and, to some extent, the nature of political dynamics between the latter two states—prompted change in the official status of Turkish Islam in Azerbaijan.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London and New York: Routledge, 2016. 127-149 p.
, Routledge Advances in Central Asian Studies, 8
Keyword [en]
Turkey, Azerbaijan, Religion, Politics
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-291511ISBN: 9781138650817ISBN: 9781315625119OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-291511DiVA: diva2:957466
Available from: 2016-09-02 Created: 2016-05-03 Last updated: 2016-09-02

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