Cherrydale Baptist Church
Thursday, December 12, 2013
To love God and people above all else
Recommended Reading List
Where in the world is Azerbaijan? What are the people like and what are the distinctives of their culture? What is the history of this people?
Here are some books and websites that might help you answer some of these questions or others that you have about our Focus for 4 people group. Let us know what you think of these resources.
Azerbaijan (Cultures of the World Series) by David C. King (Marshall Cavendish, 2006)
A book with pictures and interesting facts for children.
Ali and Nino by Kurban Said (Anchor Books, 2000)
(reviewed by Siri Mitchell)
Set in pre-WWI Azerbaijan, this book depicts the relationship between Ali Khan Shirvanshir (a Muslim schoolboy) and Nino Kipiani (a Christian girl). Also explored within its pages are the differences between their two cultures: between Asia and Europe; Islam and Christianity. The hallmark of a good book is that the reader can place himself inside its pages, that she can understand and even sympathize with its characters. So if you have ever wondered how reasonable people can believe that ‘the blood-feud is the most important basis of state order and good conduct’ or that ‘war is a wonderful thing, it doesn’t matter who it is against,’ this book, while perhaps not convincing you of those arguments, will show you why others can and do believe them.
Much value is also offered by the examination of the treatment of women by the characters’ two very different cultures, but please note that this is not a cultural treatise or a thinly veiled apologetic. While this is book set at the knife’s edge of conflict between two disparate ways of life it is, above all, a love story. Ali and Nino is a lyrically written account of the heartrending struggle familiar to any person who has adapted their lifestyle to meet the needs of a beloved spouse.
From the forgotten villages of high-altitude Azerbaijan to a harem in exotic Teheran, this book is beautifully evocative of a culture that many of us will never have the chance to experience. Highly recommended, though written for the adult reader (several instances of pre-marital sex, culturally distinctive epithets, and mild profanity.)
Azerbaijan Diary by Tom Goltz
Written by a scrappy journalist, it’s non-fiction and explains a LOT about Azerbaijan. Goltz begins his diary before the fall of the Soviet Union and continues on past independence into the messy politics to follow.
Azerbaijani Turks by Audrey Alstadt
A good look at the people and their historical framework.
Azerbaijan – Where East meets West by Bjorn Wegge
This book has a very extensive reading list and bibliography in it.
Azerbaijanis of Central Asia: A prayer Guide available in the Hall of Missions
Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan (Lonely Planet) by Richard Plunkett
by Christine Mallouhi
This is not specifically about Azerbaijan but more for understanding what women there may bew like.
Passion for the Impossible by Ann Charlotte Fritzon
A nice historic view of life in the area for a missionary in the last century.
Websites to visit:
www.azer.com the online version of Azerbaijan International, a magazine.
www.rferl.org/section/Azerbaijan/151.html Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s online articles
www.bakupages.com blogs by peace corp people and locals who work with the peace corp
USACC (United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce) sends out emails of news and events in the DC area that businessmen may be interested in. To get their emails write firstname.lastname@example.org
Azerbaijan Trade and Cultural Center
1212 Potomac St. NW
Washington D.C. 20007
To find out about events offered through the cultural center write email@example.com