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This political-science study is devoted to the expressions of the Islamic revival in the public sphere of Azerbaijan since independence.  The author stresses in particular the combination of internal factors (the preservation of vernacular Islamic tradition in spite of the destructions inflicted by the Soviet policy) and external factors (mainly the influence of neighbouring countries—limited in the case of Iran, more successful as far as Turkey is concerned), insisting also on the respective political impacts of the Qarabagh War and of the aggressive secularist policy implemented by the Azerbaijani state.  Large room is given to a large typology of local protagonists: religious communities (like the one led by Hajji Ilgar Ibrahimoglu), political movements (notably a Salafi loose conglomeration around Gamet Suleymanov), and those whom the author calls “Islamic entrepreneurs.”  The almost exclusively English-language bibliography includes a selection of shortly commented internet sites of varied institutional actors of the Southern Caucasian Islamic revival.

The Redaction
CER: I-5.2.B-423