AzerbaijanLands of Fires AzərbaycanOdlar Yurdu Vahid Garousi (vahid at sce dot carleton dot ca) PhD Student Dept. of Systems and Computer Engineering A Presentation on ISA’s WorldTrek Series Carleton University 26 November 2004
Outline Geography History Scenes Language Traditional Cloth Music Famous People Food And much more!
History • Excavations have shown that human have lived in the region since more than 1.2 mil years ago. • Part of the Greater Iran (-1828) • Taken apart from Iran – as a result of war with Russia (1828) • Azerbaijan Within the Russian Empire (1828-1918) • Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (1918-1920) • Azerbaijan Within the Soviet Union (1920-1991) • The Republic of Azerbaijan (1991- present) Source: http://www.azeris.com/history/
Cities (North Azerbaijan) Capital
Cities (South Azerbaijan) My hometown Miyana (Mianeh)
Girl [or broken] Bridge (Miyana)Picture taken on Jan 2004 by myselfDestroyed in a war between Iran and Russia on 1828
Some Aerial Images from South Azerbaijan Ürmiyəlake Səbəlan mountain, 4821 m Araz river, dividing North and South Azerbaijan
Origins of the word “Azerbaijan” • The origins of this name trace back as far as 2500 years. • Alexander (the great)'s ruler by the name of Atropat (Atoorpat), kept the territory from falling into the hands of the invaders. Thus, the land was named after him as "Atoorpatkan" (or Atropatena in ancient Greek writings). • Later, in Arabic pronunciation, Atoorpatkan got the spelling of Azerbaijan.
Language: Azerbaijani Language Family Tree • Altaic (65) • Turkic (40) • Southern (10) • Azerbaijani (5) AZERBAIJANI, SOUTH [AZB] (Iran) AZERBAIJANI, NORTH [AZE] (Azerbaijan) KHALAJ [KLJ] (Iran) QASHQA'I [QSQ] (Iran) SALCHUQ [SLQ] (Iran) • Turkish (4) BALKAN GAGAUZ TURKISH [BGX] (Turkey (Europe)) GAGAUZ [GAG] (Moldova) KHORASANI TURKISH [KMZ] (Iran) TURKISH [TRK] (Turkey (Asia)) • Turkmenian (1) TURKMEN [TCK] (Turkmenistan) Source: http://www.ethnologue.com
Language: Azerbaijani Source: http://www.ethnologue.com Total: ~33 Million
Music • Pop: • Rəşid Behbüdov • Zeynəb Xanlarova • Yəqub Zurüfçı • Dance: • Traditional: • Hacibaba Hüseynov • Classic/Opera: • Fərəngiz Mütelliyeva • Ramiz Guliyev • Jazz: • Rəyin Sültanov • Mugham: • Alim Qasimov For more info and MP3 downloads: http://www.azerimusic.com http://www.azerimusic.net http://www.azerimp3.com http://www.azerijazz.com http://www.mp3-az.com http://www.hajibeyov.com
A Pop Music Video Singer: Mətanət Dadaşova Song: Əfruzə (her little daughter)
Famous People Garry Kasparov: Chess player and world chess champion. Born in Baku, Azerbaijan. Lotfi Zadeh: was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. His scientific concept, Fuzzy Logic, has strongly impacted computer technology. Lotfi Zadeh (2nd from right) returned to visit Azerbaijan, his country of birth, in 1967. Here he is seen with officials at the Azerbaijan Oil Institute.
Azerbaijani Foods Kabak: grilled beef or chicken • Filled Leaves! (Yarpaq Dolmasi) Grape leaves filled with onions, rice, shredded herbs, seasoning with salt and pepper. A Must See! http://www.baku-az.com/cookery/
Quiz! (A Traditional Song for Kids)Jujalarim (My little chickens) Performance by: Sugra Bagirzade in 1959. More info about the song at: http://www.azer.com/aiweb/categories/magazine/54_folder/54_articles/54_jujalarim.html Sugra’s website: http://www.artsugra.com/eng/
Web Links about Azerbaijan • www.azer.com, World's Largest Web Site about Azerbaijan, based at California • www.cst.uwaterloo.ca/~garousi/az_links.htm, my collection of links, categorized • resources.net.az • www.azembassy.com, Azerbaijan’s embassy in the US • www.usembassybaku.org, US Embassy in Azerbaijan • www.un-az.org, UN’s agency in Azerbaijan • www.azerbaijan-online.com • www.aztv.az, State TV of the Republic of Azerbaijan (Online Radio/TV Broadcasting) • And a lot more… (just ask me)
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