UDC 316.72(497.24)
Biblid: 0543-3657, 67 (2016)
Vol. 67, No 1164, pp. 5-23
DOI:

Review paper
Received: 08 Sep 2016
Accepted: 08 Oct 2016

AZERBAIJANI MODEL ОF MULTICULTURALISM POSSIBLE MESSAGES FOR SERBIA

Gordanić Jelica (Jelica Gordanić, istraživač saradnik. Institut za međunarodnu politiku i privredu, Beograd), jelica@diplomacy.bg.ac.rs

The concept of multiculturalism in Europe is in crisis. On the other hand, in Azerbaijan, the border of Europe and Asia, multiculturalism is rising. Main reasons for this should be sought in the common history of numerous ethnic groups who inhabited its territory and developed a culture of tolerance, as preconditions for the success of multiculturalism. The paper examines the positions of Christians, Jews, Sunni Muslims and other ethnic groups in Azerbaijan, as well as their legal positions in terms of the domestic and international law. It also points to the Azerbaijani promotion of multiculturalism, as an important part of foreign policy, via the Baku process, initiated in 2008. Relations between Serbia and Azerbaijan are developing rapidly in recent years, and the practice of this Caucasian state in the promotion of multiculturalism could be a role model for Serbia, which has a potential to develop and promote its own model of multiculturalism.

Keywords: Azerbaijan, multiculturalism, ethnic groups, Baku process, Serbia