By Nikki Kazimova
For Westerners, the fashionable nation of Azerbaijan can be demanding to pinpoint. This small, oil-rich nation 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 pageant for beneficial assets intensifies, the path this strategically and economically very important kingdom takes will impact us all. The traditionally tolerant and pluralist Azeri humans have an old background and a wealthy tradition. Azerbaijan lay at the course of the good Silk street, the alternate community that hooked up China with Europe, and its humans have lived via centuries of conquests via various imperial powers. It was once additionally positioned within the center of the good video game, the fight for keep watch over of relevant Asia performed out among Russia and the West on the activate the 19th century, which looks dealing with a latest remake. Azerbaijan has been referred to as “the essential borderland, again and again over: among Europe and Asia, Islam and Christianity, Russia and the center East, Turks and Iranians, Shi’a and Sunni Islam.” Azerbaijan used to be in brief self reliant after the 1st international conflict, while it was once the 1st Muslim nation to undertake revolutionary Western values. A democratic republic with complete women’s suffrage, it boasted the 1st women’s highschool, the 1st opera, and the 1st girl 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 through neighboring Armenia, and the rustic has absorbed an enormous variety of refugees. even as, it really is experiencing a brand new oil increase and the economic climate is turning out to be. one of the humans, there's a transforming into experience of nationwide identification. tradition clever! Azerbaijan seems to be on the many aspects of this identification and explains the complicated workings of Azerbaijani society. it's going to equip you with important info and suggestion in regards to the customs, practices, and sensibilities of a society poised close to switch.
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While entertaining guests at home is still a sign of the utmost respect, it is also becoming increasingly fashionable among the urban upper and middle classes to gather in restaurants, thus avoiding all the hard work that goes into cooking and hosting a party. Restaurant and café reservations for New Year’s Eve in Baku, for instance, fill up well in advance. FLEXIBLE SCHEDULES Days off for national holidays are usually shifted around to line up more days in a row. For example, if a holiday falls on a Tuesday, the government may make a last-minute announcement that the day off is being moved to the Monday.
Various sources mention up to eighty minorities scattered around small villages throughout Azerbaijan. They include hundreds of thousands of Lezghins, 76,000 Talysh in the north and south, and about 4,000 Udins, descendants of the ancient Caucasian Albanians. Azerbaijanis are proud of the fact that their country has historically been free of anti-Semitism. There are two distinct Jewish communities in Azerbaijan, called the “European” and the “Mountain” Jews. ” Azerbaijanis trace their ethnic roots to the Oghuz Turkic tribes, who swept across the Central Asian steppes in the eleventh century.
As soon as the central government in Moscow lost control of the situation in the two former Soviet republics, the two sides found themselves at war, rooted in mutual prejudices trailing from the previous century. The Armenians, refusing to distinguish between their archenemies, the Turks, and the Azeris, referred to ancient maps of “Greater Armenia” to claim that the Nagorno-Karabakh region inside Azerbaijan was historically Armenian land. The Azerbaijanis had just as much historical evidence to prove that the land was rightfully theirs, and to suspect that the neighboring state was simply trying to expand its territory at the expense of Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture by Nikki Kazimova