Observing Iran from Baku: Iranian Studies in Soviet and Post-Soviet Azerbaijan

  title={Observing Iran from Baku: Iranian Studies in Soviet and Post-Soviet Azerbaijan},
  author={Zaur Gasimov},
  journal={Iranian Studies},
  pages={37 - 59}
  • Z. Gasimov
  • Published 10 February 2021
  • Sociology
  • Iranian Studies
Azerbaijani national identity emerged in post-Persian Russian-ruled East Caucasia at the end of the nineteenth century, and was finally forged during the early Soviet period. After the fiasco of the short-lived independence period of 1918–20, Azerbaijan became Soviet. Soviet power then instrumentalized Azerbaijan for political and ideological penetration into Iran by galvanizing local separatist movements. Azerbaijani Iranology was shaped within Soviet oriental studies and put into service of… 


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