Browsing: History

Before UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov claimed the title of the ‘Lion and Eagle of Dagestan’, there was one particular man whose legacy still resonates across the Caucasus region – a man who was greater and much more powerful in rank.

“The erosion of scholarly independence can be attributed to the nature of the modern nation state itself,” writes Ahmed Hammuda, as he discusses the historic features that were pivotal to cementing an independent and objective scholarly tradition free of political meddling and manipulation.

In this instalment, Ahmed Hammuda describes how scholars of the past not only curtailed the political establishment but empowered society to morally ‘punish’ it should it lose sight of justice.