The World’s First Democratically-Elected Muslim Woman was from Georgia

News / TV Report / 2018 | 9 mins.

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  • Release Date: 04 Aug, 2018
  • Country Georgia
  • Author Tamar Meskhi
  • Broadcaster Rustavi 2
  • TV Programme Weekly analytical tv program PS
  • Submitting Institution Rustavi 2


Competition Status – Participant

The village of Karajala is fairly typical of the dozens of settlements populated by Muslim Azerbaijanis that stretch southeast between Tbilisi and Georgia’s border with Azerbaijan. It’s a place of relative prosperity, where men drink tea in chaikhanas and women in colorful headscarves patrol large domestic compounds. But 100 years ago, it was the site of a remarkable world first. Records recently unearthed by historian Irakli Khvadagiani show that in 1918, Karajala was the first place in the world to democratically elect a Muslim woman. The story of Parikhanum Sofieva reflects the great promise and horrendous losses Georgia experienced in the first half of the 20th century.

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