Caricature in the Caucasus: Molla Nasreddin
The Azeri magazine that told it like it was.
Molla Nasreddin was a satirical magazine published in the Caucasus – the region at the border of Europe and Asia – between 1906 and 1930. Written in Azerbaijani, it was one of the most important and influential publications in the Muslim world during the 20th century. The magazine was named after a legendary folk character, and confronted religious hypocrisy, gender inequality, modernity and life in the Caucasus with humour and caricature. In this short film, the art collective Slavs and Tatars introduce the magazine and explain its impact on the Muslim world.
Molla Nasreddin: Polemics, Caricatures & Satire, edited by Slavs and Tatars is published by I.B. Tauris, 2017.