The Many Languages of Islam in the Caucasus

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by Rebecca Ruth Gould While visiting Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge towards the end of the second Chechen War (1999-2009), what struck me most was the large number of Christian graves that resembled Muslim tombstones. I was also struck by the Georgian inscriptions on… Continue Reading  

Can Rouhani Meet the Expectations of Iran’s Sunnis?

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by Fatemeh Aman Sunni religious minorities had a high turnout in Iran’s recent presidential election that led to Hassan Rouhani’s victory. Is there now a better prospect for improving the rights of minorities, or were they only used as a… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijan: Officials Are Wrong to Securitize the Shias

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by Eldar Mamedov Roughly 300 kilometers south of Baku, Azerbaijan’s booming capital with its glitzy boutiques and five-star hotels, lies a different reality. Groups of humbly dressed, unshaven men in black shirts flocked to mosques in mid-October in the town… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijan with Turkey in Cracking Down on Gulen

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by Eldar Mamedov As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responds to the failed coup attempt on July 15, Azerbaijan is embracing the Turkish government’s narrative that the botched putsch was orchestrated by followers of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Among recent… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia and Obama: Time to Reset Relations

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by Emile Nakhleh President Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia comes in the midst of a changing kingdom with a different outlook on its regional role and its relations with the United States. The US-Saudi relationship is becoming less “special,” which is… Continue Reading