Caucasus Muslims Department brings archive documents to Baku

Thu 05 Jan 2012 10:23 GMT | 14:23 Local Time

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'On the initiative of Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazade, the archive documents of the Caucasian Muslims Board were brought from Tbilisi to Baku.

The statement came from the head of the Caucasian Muslims Board’s archive, doctor of history Anar Isgandarli, APA reports.

He said they have begun the work on bringing the documents dated back to 1823-1918 to Azerbaijan two years ago. “The 4000-page archive has already been brought to Baku, but it is difficult to bring all original documents. We are working on it now”.

Isgandarli said officials of the Caucasian Muslims Board have been periodically sent to Tbilisi to work in the Georgian Central State Archive. “We know about the presence of the Caucasian Muslims Board’s documents in that archive. The Sheikh-ul-Islam’s personal relations have important role and the work is successfully continuing”.

The office of Sheikh-ul-Islam was founded in 1823 in Tbilisi to lead the Caucasian Shiahs in tsarist Russia. Nine years later – in 1832, the office of mufti was founded in Tbilisi to lead the Caucasian Sunnis. The Shiahs and Sunnis’ ecclesiastic offices were established on April 5, 1872 by the Russian tsar’s order. The offices were functioning until February, 1917. 12 Sheikh-ul-Islams and 11 Muftis have been appointed since 1823 until now.

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