Molla Nasreddin

Slavs and Tatars, 2011

Published between 1906 and 1930, Molla Nasreddin was a satirical Azeri periodical edited by Jalil Mammadguluzadeh (1866–1932), and named after the legendary Sufi wise man-cum-fool of the Middle Ages. Thanks to its prominent use of caricatures, the weekly was arguably one of the most important 20th century periodicals of the Muslim world, read from Morocco to India. With an acerbic sense of humour and compelling, realist illustrations reminiscent of a Caucasian Honoré Daumier or František Kupka, Molla Nasreddin attacked the hypocrisy of the Muslim clergy, the colonial policies of the US and European nations towards the rest of the world, and the venal corruption of the local elite while arguing repeatedly and convincingly for Westernization, educational reform, and equal rights for women.



Molla Nasreddin, 2011 (1st ed.), offset print, 28 × 24 cm, 208 pages, colour throughout, glue and stitched binding, gloss-laminated and black foil embossed cover. Published by JRP|Ringer. ISBN 9783037642122. Molla Nasreddin, 2017 (2nd ed.), offset print, 28.5 × 24.5 cm, 208 pages, colour throughout, hardbound with dust jacket. Published by I.B.Tauris. ISBN 9781784535483