191_azerbaijan_independent_islam_and_the_state

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Unformatted text preview: AZERBAIJAN: INDEPENDENT ISLAM AND THE STATE Europe Report N191 25 March 2008 TABLE OF CONTENTS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ...................................................................................................... i I. INTRODUCTION .......................................................................................................... 1 A. T HE S ECULAR T RADITION .....................................................................................................1 B. T ERRORISM C ONVICTIONS ....................................................................................................2 II. FOREIGN INFLUENCES............................................................................................. 5 A. M IDDLE E AST .......................................................................................................................5 B. D AGESTAN AND C HECHNYA .................................................................................................6 C. I RAN .....................................................................................................................................7 D. T URKEY ................................................................................................................................8 III. INDEPENDENT ISLAMIC GROUPS....................................................................... 10 A. S ALAFI G ROUPS ..................................................................................................................10 1. Baku.........................................................................................................................10 2. North Azerbaijan......................................................................................................10 3. The Khawarij ...........................................................................................................11 B. I NDEPENDENT S HIITES ........................................................................................................12 1. Independent communities........................................................................................12 2. Other independent trends.........................................................................................14 3. The Nardaran case ...................................................................................................14 IV. THE STATE REACTION ........................................................................................... 16 A. S TATE C ONTROL OF R ELIGION ............................................................................................16 1. Legal framework......................................................................................................16 2. The State Committee for Work with Religious Organisations................................17 3. The reform of the Caucasus Board of Muslims.......................................................17 B. S TATE R EPRESSION .............................................................................................................19 ....
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