The anticipated release of Sheikh Taleh Bagirov from prison is likely to have wider implications for the political landscape in Azerbaijan. While the regime and secular opposition forces have lost credibility, the Islamic movement is gaining strength and adherents. The Aliyev regime, however, will not take it lying down and may strike in its customary vicious ways.
(One of the Muslim countries with a tense political situation and an emerging Islamic identity which is not being covered by the corporate media is Azerbaijan Republic. In order to acquaint the Muslim Ummah with the situation in Azerbaijan, 5Pillarz conducted an interview with Maksud Djavadov, who is a researcher for the Toronto-based Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) and a journalist for ICIT’s publication, Crescent International, specializing in covering the Muslim countries of the former USSR.)