Talysh Identity and Geopolitics in the South Caucasus

by Bradley Jardine on 2/17/2015 · 4 comments

 

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“In Azerbaijan, a sensitive debate is being reintroduced to the political foreground: “Did Talyshistan belong to the Azerbaijan Republic? And if not can the current Republic of Azerbaijan legitimately claim the region as its sovereign territory?” Although this seems like an academic question, debated in the confines of history departments; the discussion is loaded with geopolitical baggage.”

 

Argument strongly revised and published on http://muftah.org/

 

 

by Ryan McCarrel (@ryanmccarrel)
PhD Candidate
University College Dublin
Department of Geography Planning and Environmental Policy

and Bradley Jardine (@Jardine_bradley)
MA Candidate
University of Glasgow
International Masters in Russian and Central and East European Studies


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Bradley Jardine MA Candidate University of Glasgow International Masters in Russian and Central and East European Studies His primary interest is in Central Asia and he is currently working on a research thesis concerning Turkemistan's regime consolidation and foreign policy in the Berdimuhammedov era. Follow him on Twitter: @jardine_bradley

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Postman February 18, 2015 at 8:19 am

Azerbaijan is multicultural and tolerant country and quite a lot of international observers keep mentioning that. Violation of rights of talysh people is nothing more than myth artificially inflated by Russia and Armenia.

TolishPress February 25, 2015 at 9:50 am

There are some mistakes in the article.

Rustam Iskandari’s response focused among other things on these mistakes:
http://tolishpress.org/news/3045.html

And his comment on “multicultural and tolerant” Azerbaijan mentioned above by “Postman”:
http://www.iarex.ru/articles/51426.html

Bradley Jardine February 26, 2015 at 9:47 am

Very interesting response, and much appreciated. Your critiques are indeed warranted, and much of your commentary on the nuances of the discussion are essential for the promotion of informative discourse.

In particular, your amended version of actors names, and critique of our point on the “Perso-Arabic” script, and Talysh language are crucial.

As you are aware, Talysh minority issues are often overlooked in the western press, and so engaging in the discussion and promoting as much information on the issue as possible is an important task. This is a goal both yourself, and the authors share.

Overall though, I still retain several disagreements with your response which I feel would be fruitful to address in future with a developed counter-response.

Regards,

Bradley

TolishPress March 8, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Dear Bradley,

Thank you very much for your quick answer. And, please, excuse me for not responding immediately.

I agree with you that “engaging in the discussion and promoting as much information on the issue as possible is an important task”. You can write to our e-mail address (tolishpressagency@gmail.com). And I will share your e-mail address with Mr. Iskandari, and so both of you will get a chance to make a fruitful discussion on this very important issue.

Best regards

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