Winter 2001 (9.4)
of the Border
I'm from South Azerbaijan [in present-day Iran]. I study at Tehran
University and am interested and concerned about our nation,
its culture, language and history. I would like to translate
some of the articles from Azerbaijan International to Farsi or
Azeri using the Arabic script. Please grant permission to translate
the Mammad Amin Rasulzade article (Autumn 1999, AI 7.3). Also
would it be possible to ask his grandson Rais Rasulzade to write
something of an introduction for Iranian readers?
You ask what Azerbaijanis in Iran are thinking about. The ones
I meet seem to be interested in one of two nationalistic directions:
Azeri or Turkic. Some of the ideas I hear being discussed in
relation to the "Turkic" trend include: (1) The contemporary
history of the Turkic world; (2) whether a common Turkic language
would be possible along the lines of Arabic; (3) Turkic forefathers
such as Mammad Amin Rasulzade, Ismayil Gaspirali, Seyyed Jafar
Pishevari and others; (4) philosophical discussion about nationalism
and identity; (5) the past, present and future of relationships
among Turkic countries and groups; and (6) Turkic minorities
around the world.
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