Molla Nasreddin

Published between 1906 and 1930, Molla Nasreddin was a satirical Azeri periodical edited by Jalil Mammadguluzadeh and named after the legendary Sufi wise man-cum-fool of the Middle Ages (who reputedly lived in the thirteenth century in the Ottoman Empire). With an acerbic sense of humour and realist illustrations, Molla Nasreddin attacked the hypocrisy of the Muslim clergy, the colonial policies of European nations and the corruption of local elites, while at the same time arguing for Westernisation, educational reform and equal rights for women. The publication was an instant success – selling half of its initial print run of 1,000 in the first day – and within months would sell 5000 copies per issue, which was record-breaking for the time. It became one of the most influential publications of its kind and was read across the Muslim world, from Morocco to India.


Offset print, 24 x 28 cm, 208 pages, color throughout, glue and stitched binding with solve gloss laminated and black foil embossed cover, 2011. Edition of 1,700. Available via jrp|ringier.

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Molla Nasreddin featured in a special presentation at the Bidoun Library at Art Dubai. 


Presentation of Molla Nasreddin at the Global Art Forum, Art Dubai.


Molla Nasreddin: Embrace Your Antithesis talk at SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul


Molla Nasreddin as part of A Rock and Hard Place at Alatza imaret, Thessaloniki Biennale: 3


Book Launch at Swiss Institute, New York


The Library of Equivocation (detail), river-beds, kilims, books, 2011



Adam Budak’s East: Excitable Speech: West as part of curated by_Vienna 2011. Installation view, Kerstin Engholm Galerie. Photo by Karl Kühn.