Secularism and National Identity in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan – Journal of Church and State – article

Secularism and National Identity in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan

Ayça Ergun, Zana Çitak | Journal of Church and State

2019-11-19

Most studies relating to the issue of religion in Azerbaijan have been interested in studying religion, politics, and society, as well as the nature of the Islamic revival in post-Soviet Azerbaijan with only scant reference to secularism, its nature, and its role in shaping modern Azerbaijan. This insufficient interest is quite striking, considering that dünyǝvilik (secularism), literally meaning “this-worldliness,” is enshrined in the 1995 Constitution. Moreover, it is common to start any introductory textbook on Azerbaijan by referring to the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (ADR) (1918–1920) as “the first secular and democratic republic in the Muslim world.”1

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