Mollā Nasreddin and the creative Cauldron of Transcaucasia

This article was published in the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, co-authored with Kamran Afary.


In the early 20th century, a group of artists and intellectuals in Transcaucasia reinterpreted a Middle Eastern trickster figure to construct a reformist and anti-colonial Muslim discourse with a strong emphasis on social and political reforms. Using folklore, visual art, and satire, their periodical Mollā Nasreddin reached tens of thousands of people in the Muslim world, impacting the thinking of a generation.

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