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(also called Chanka from Batlaich). Born 1867; died 1909. Avar poet.

One of the founders of Avar literature, Tazhutdin was a mullah. His humanist poetry appealed for man’s spiritual liberation, affirmed the right of women to happiness, and attacked patriarchal religious canons. His love lyrics were marked by a lofty romanticism. Tazhutdin also wrote elegies and socially oriented poetry. He was influenced by the oral poetry of the Avar mountaineers as well as by Arabic classical literature.


T’asa rishcharal kuchidul. Makhachkala, 1963.
In Russian translation:
Sopernitsa zvezd. Moscow, 1966.


Magomedov, B. M. Ocherki avarskoi dorevoliutsionnoi literatury. Makhachkala, 1961.
Khaibullaev, S. Narodnye istoki avarskoi poezii. Makhachkala, 1966.
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