Wisdom of the Ages
(AI 4.3) Autumn 1996
Front Cover: Fragment from the painting "Mugham" by painter Rasim Babayev. Mugham is a traditional form of music in the East which is often compared to jazz because of its nuances and immprovisational nature. We choose Babayev's painting because folklore is similar in character - there are so many new voices playing on vaviations of old themes. So many colors, shades, and nuances. Babayev's studio is in Baku at (99-412) 38-22-87. Many works are displayed.
Back Cover: A group of young boys waiting their chance to perform the traditional Shepherds' Dance. Photo: Bahadur Jafarov.
Folklore - if you want to know a nation or people well, get to know their folklore - proverbs, jokes, riddles, expressions, and dramatic folk tales and epics.
For a sample of Azerbaijani expressions, take a look at Proverbs: "Father's Words," Wisdom of the Ages and Me and Granny and Granny's Granny: Rearing Children with Azerbaijani Proverbial Expressions."
If you're looking for insight into the subtle influences of the Soviet system on Azerbaijanis, study the names parents gave their children. See Names: History in a Nutshell. 20th Century Personal Naming Practices in Azerbaijan.
Foreigners can learn many things about social hierarchy and interpersonal relations just by paying attention to these toasts. See "The Toastmaster's Unwritten Rule Book: Guide for Foreign Guests Who Frequent Azerbaijani Parties."
4 Reader's Forum
8 Baku Diary: Know a Culture, Know its Folklore - Susan Cornnell
12 Proverbs: "Father's Words" Wisdom of the Ages
14 Legends of the Caucasus "In the Beginning" - Rebecca Tyler & Nushaba Babayeva
17 The Armenia Lobby - Washington Post Editorial. August 1, 1996.
18 Molla Nasreddin: Comic Sage of the Ages (Latin-page 20)
22 Molla Nasreddin, The Magazine: Laughter that Pricked the Conscience of a Nation - Narmin Qiyasbeyli
24 Dada Gorgud: Passionate Tales of the Middle Ages - Kamal Abdulla
26 Me and Granny and Granny's Granny: Rearing Children with
Azerbaijani Proverbial Expressions - Ayten Gurzaliyeva, Jala Garibova and
29 Aliyev's Presidential Visit to Germany - Betty Blair
30 Press Conference: President Heydar Aliyev in Germany
34 SOCAR Section
SOCAR Foreign Investment - Natig Aliyev
Japanese Companies Following ITOCHU - Khoshbakht Yusifzade
Capital Construction - Ahmad Zeynalov
Amoco and AmeriCares: Hospital for Oilmen
Shah Daniz Signed: Third Major Contract in Caspian
Caspian International Petroleum Company
University Honors Oil Industrialist
"Green Goddesses" to the Rescue
AIOC Current Developments - Einar Bergh
46 Business & Opportunities
49 Major Azerbaijani-English Dictionary Rolls Off the Press: A First in Azerbaijan's Lexical History - Anne Kressler
50 Azerbaijan Today: The Way Graphic Artists See It - Shaig Safarov
52 Words of Caution: The Latest Academic Industry Ethno-Conflict Resolution - Henry R. Huttenbach
53 Unfair Punishment for Azerbaijan: Washington Times Guest Editorial from July 26, 1996 - George Zarycky
54 Names: History in a Nutshell: 20th Century Personal Naming Practices in Azerbaijan - Garibova & Blair
65 United Nations Developments
66 Diplomatic Interview: Norwegian Consulate: Harald Finnvik
69 Parvin Etisami: The Rise of the Azerbaijani Woman - Siyavush Tabrizi
70 The Toastmaster's Unwritten Rule Book - Jala Garibova
74 Meykhana: Azerbaijan's Own Ancient Version of Rap Reappears - Balasadig
75 Business Developments
76 Children's Folklore: Jirtdan
78 Legend: How the Dove Became the Bird of Peace
79 Baku's First Automated Teller Machine
84 The Nobel Prize in Postage Stamps - Hugo Vargas
From Azerbaijan International (4.2) Summer 1996.
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