By Nikki Kazimova
For Westerners, the fashionable country of Azerbaijan can be challenging to pinpoint. This small, oil-rich kingdom within the southern Caucasus, at the southwestern shore of the Caspian Sea, in simple terms made its manner directly to the modern international map after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. because the global shrinks and festival for priceless assets intensifies, the course this strategically and economically vital state takes will impact us all. The traditionally tolerant and pluralist Azeri humans have an old background and a wealthy tradition. Azerbaijan lay at the direction of the nice Silk street, the exchange community that attached China with Europe, and its humans have lived via centuries of conquests via diversified imperial powers. It was once additionally positioned within the middle of the nice video game, the fight for keep an eye on of vital Asia performed out among Russia and the West on the activate the 19th century, which looks dealing with a contemporary remake. Azerbaijan has been known as “the integral borderland, time and again over: among Europe and Asia, Islam and Christianity, Russia and the center East, Turks and Iranians, Shi’a and Sunni Islam.” Azerbaijan was once in short self sustaining after the 1st global conflict, while it was once the 1st Muslim kingdom to undertake innovative Western values. A democratic republic with complete women’s suffrage, it boasted the 1st women’s highschool, the 1st opera, and the 1st lady opera composer, in addition to the 1st ballet within the Muslim global. There seventy years of Soviet rule. After a sour conflict in 1991–94, components of Azerbaijan have been occupied by way of neighboring Armenia, and the rustic has absorbed an incredible variety of refugees. while, it's experiencing a brand new oil increase and the economic climate is becoming. one of the humans, there's a growing to be feel of nationwide id. tradition shrewdpermanent! Azerbaijan appears to be like on the many aspects of this identification and explains the complicated workings of Azerbaijani society. it's going to equip you with very important details and recommendation concerning the customs, practices, and sensibilities of a society poised close to swap.
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Extra resources for Azerbaijan - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
Their total number made Azerbaijan the country with the highest per capita number of refugees in the world (10 percent of the population). Four UN resolutions in 1993, calling for the unconditional withdrawal of Armenian troops from the occupied lands, have been ignored and Armenian forces continue to control Nagorno Karabakh, along with the areas around it. The only way to get to Karabakh today is through the newly created Lachin land corridor from Armenia. The official policy of the Azerbaijani government is to deny visas to tourists who have visited Nagorno Karabakh via Armenia because this represents an unauthorized entry into Azerbaijan’s territory, and also because the safety of those tourists who do this cannot be guaranteed.
The period gave birth to such notable figures of Azerbaijani culture as the poet Nizami Ganjavi, the scholar Khatib Tebrizi, the architect Ajami, and many others. In 1410, the territory south of the Araz became part of the Kara Koyunlu (Black Sheep Turkomans) state with its capital in Tabriz, in present-day Iran. At that time, northern Azerbaijan was still ruled by the Shirvanshahs. In the middle of the fifteenth century, Tabriz became the capital of the new powerful state of Ak Koyunlu (White Sheep Turkomans).
Government Republic with universal suffrage. President is the head of state, elected every 5 years. No limit on the number of consecutive presidential terms The single-chamber parliament, the Milli Majlis, has 125 deputies, elected every 5 years. President appoints the prime minister, with the consent of the Milli Majlis Media AZTV channel is government-owned. ITV is public television funded by the state. Main private TV stations are Lider, ANS, ATV, Khazar, and Space. Major print publications in the Azerbaijani language are 525 gazet, Azadliq, Yeni Musavat, Russian-language Echo, Zerkalo, Nedelya.