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JRP|Ringier

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Paperback, 9.5 x 11 in. / 208 pgs / 218 color.

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Catalog: FALL 2011 p. 122   

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ISBN 9783037642122 TRADE
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Slavs and Tatars Presents Molla Nasreddin

Edited by Slavs and Tatars.

Slavs and Tatars Presents Molla NasreddinPublished between 1906 and 1930, and with a readership that stretched from Morocco to Iran, Molla Nasreddin is perhaps the most important Muslim magazine of the twentieth century. Throughout its beautifully printed pages, issues of social, cultural and political relevance were debated, embellished with cartoons and illustrations of marvelous graphic power. Under the editorship of Jalil Mammadguluzadeh, the magazine created anew the complex identity of the Caucasus region, attacking the Muslim clergy and the colonial policies of the U.S. and Europe, while arguing for democratic and educational reform and women's rights. This thoroughly researched volume, itself superbly designed in its presentation of this archival material, gathers a selection of iconic covers, clever illustrations and witty caricatures from Molla Nasreddin, curated by the Eurasian artist collective Slavs and Tatars. It reveals a rich world of print culture hitherto unseen in the west.

Featured image is reproduced from the chapter, "Islam" in JRP's surprising 2011 book, Slavs and Tartars Presents Molla Nasreddin. The caption in the lower left corner reads, Husband and wife: "Listen, husband, come help me!"; the caption in the upper left corner reads, In traditional Muslim societies, the man walks a certain distance in front of the woman.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

ArtAsiaPacific

Don J. Cohn

"A complete understanding of the multiple targets of satire in the wonderfully reproduced color illustrations in this book requires more than an elementary knowledge of the history of this region during the first three decades of the 20th century. To give an idea of the range of subject matter presented: landlords and peasants, marriage and class, women's rights and education, interethnic group rivalries, the Russian, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires, sacred and secular, Muslims and Christians. Editorial commentary and translations of the actual captions from the five languages that appear in the texts-Azeri Turkish, Russian, Farsi, Istanbulli Turkish and Arabic-go part the way to educate the reader; but many of the subscribers to the magazine were illiterate. As intended, the pictures tell the rest of the story most convincingly."

ArtAsiaPacific

HG Masters

"…Slavs and Tartars' most ambitious project to date, the publication of Molla Nasreddin: the magazine that would've could've should've (JRP|Ringier, Zürich, 2010), and edited, and translated, reprinting of 300 cartoons from the nearly 5,000 that originally appeared in Molla Nasreddin, an early 20th-century Azeri magazine. Famed for its satirical illustrations in the manner of the 19th-century French characturist Honoré Daumier, Molla Nasreddin was published from 1906 to 1931 in the Caucasus and read from the Azeri communities in Northern Iran all the way to Morrocco and India. Named for the 13th-century Sufi wise-fool Nasreddin, who is still known throughout West and Central Asia for his humorous folk wisdom…"

ArtAsiaPacific

Olivier Krischer

Here a selection of illustrations is presented by the artist group Slavs and Tatars, whose own sardonic work uses the concept of Eurasia as a critical platform. While the collective may not agree with the original reform-minded editors' faith in secular Western modernity, the book's full color reproductions, with Azeri and English captions, reveal how many of the issues remain poignantly relevant today.

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FROM THE BOOK
"Islam is the bogeyman par excellence of Molla Nasreddin. An advocate of bourgeois European mores, the liberal journal saw in Islam all that held Muslims behind: superstitions instead of science, double standards instead of women’s rights, collusion with colonial power instead of self-determination. In the latter years of the magazine’s publication, the critique of Islam acquired a more vindictive tone, with the arrival of Bolshevism providing further fuel to the editorial staff’s already inflamed anti-Islamic rhetoric. We do not agree with the weekly’s position on Islam or religion in general but recognize the challenges MN was addressing, in society and in the role of the press. When viewed from the early 21st century, on the heels of the incendiary Danish cartoons of the Prophet, MN holds an unflattering mirror to the world in which we live: without recourse to the lofty, if ineffectual, laws protecting freedom of speech, Molla Nasreddin railed unflinchingly against what it considered to be the obstacles to progress."

—Excerpt is reproduced from the introduction to the chapter, "Islam."

FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

MING LIN | DATE 8/4/2011

Slavs and Tatars Presents Molla Nasreddin (JRP|Ringier)

Slavs and Tatars Presents Molla Nasreddin

Earlier this year, dozens of bright green balloons were unleashed upon the public as part of the 10th annual Sharjah Biennale in The United Arab Emirates. From one side of the balloon smiled a familiar face: the disarming countenance of beloved children's character Bert, of Sesame Street’s infamous duo, Bert and Ernie. On the opposite side, the sterner figure of a bearded man donning a Muslim Keffiyeh glowered. The thick monobrow sported by both characters was the focal point of this public art affair. continue to blog


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