The dissolution of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991 and the appearance of new independent states in its place resulted in dramatic changes in geopolitics. Because of its strategic importance, Azerbaijan emerged as one of the new spheres of the world community's interests. Moreover, the historical legacy of Azerbaijan as a part of the Great Silk Road as well as a meeting point of western and eastern cultures makes it a very attractive object of research. Finally, the essentially moderate Islamic framework in Azerbaijan and its unique character as the only country throughout the post-Soviet space in which a major part of the population belong to Shi'a Islam distinguish it from other Muslim republics of the former USSR. The main focus of investigation of this book is the way in which interaction between Islam, state and society took place in Azerbaijan in the unique historical-cultural and socio-political contexts.
Islam, State, and Society in Independent Azerbaijan. Between Historical Legacy and Post-Soviet Reality (with special reference to Baku and its environs). Wiesbaden: Reichert, 2009 (Kaukasienstudien – Caucasian Studies, Bd. 11).