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The transformation of Azerbaijani Orientalists into Islamic thinkers after 1991: Altay Goyushov, Naomi Caffee and Robert Denis

ByALTAY GOYUSHOV, NAOMI CAFFEE, ROBERT DENIS

The weakening of the Soviet leadership’s grip on power and the subsequent demise of the Soviet Union stimulated a reevaluation of the last seventy years of history and thus reawakened centuries-old identity disputes. A revival of pre-revolutionary values was led by the Soviet scholars of the humanities who had been regarded until then as the backbone of Communist ideology. Repeating the experience of the pre-revolutionary intelligentsia, post-independence social scientists – including many Orientalists – were able to overcome their position of relative compromise during Soviet rule and replaced, however temporarily, the old Communist Party nomenklatura as a ruling elite.