Winter 2000 (8.4)
||You could say that
Azerbaijan has been a dream assignment for French Ambassador
Jean-Pierre Guinhut, who has steeped himself in Eastern
culture, languages and literature for the past 30 years. Here
Ambassador Guinhut speaks about his efforts to bring an effective
French-language teaching method to Azerbaijan and his desire
to make Azerbaijan's culture known throughout the world. Page
|Exactly how old
is the Caucasus Albanian Christian church found in Kish, a remote
village in Azerbaijan? By sifting through layers of evidence
at the site, Norwegian-American archeologist J. Bjornar Storfjell
and a team of researchers have determined that the church may
be as much as 1,500 years old. Read how Norway is helping Azerbaijan
dig deeper into its past. Page18-21.
As one of Iranian Azerbaijan's foremost writers and historians,
Rahim Raisnia focuses on the area's history, especially
that of the 19th and 20th century. Besides writing several important
books, Raisnia has contributed articles to Azerbaijan International
regularly for the past three years. His articles appear in the
Azeri Arabic script and are archived at AZERI.org,
the magazine's new Web site for the Azeri language.Page 74-75.
Interviewing Olympic gold medalists and world chess champions
was a new experience for AI Staff Member Arzu Aghayeva.
"Now I understand how well-developed Azerbaijan's sports
are becoming," she says. "I'm so proud of our athletes
and their achievements on a world scale." Arzu is currently
studying for her Master's degree in translation at Baku's University
of Foreign Languages.Page
Vugar Mammadov is known for his striking Picasso-esque
portraits, including the ones featured in this issue's "Sociolinguistically
Speaking" article. For more of Vugar's artwork, see AZgallery.org, an online
gallery for Azerbaijani art that was created by Azerbaijan International.
The Web site currently features 115 Azerbaijani artists and 1,700
works of art.
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