On 29 October Baku International Centre of Multiculturalism held a presentation of the English edition of the textbook “Azerbaijani Multiculturalism”.
The scientific editor of the book, the Head of the Department of Interethnic Relations, Multiculturalism and Religious Issues of the Presidential Administration, Professor Etibar Najafov said that the course “Azerbaijani Multiculturalism” is taught in 19 foreign countries. He also added that the need in English edition of the textbook is associated with this fact. The textbook is soon going to be published in Russian too.
The other scientific editor of the publication, the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Baku International Centre of Multiculturalism, Academician Kamal Abdulla stated that deep and fundamental issues have found their reflection in this book. Several generations will benefit from this textbook. The textbook “Azerbaijani Multiculturalism” is a great contribution to teachers and students in learning this course. As it is stated by President Ilham Aliyev, multiculturalism is the state policy of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Multicultural security has been guaranteed in Azerbaijan.
The Chair of Azerbaijan Composers’ Union, People’s artist, Professor Firangiz Alizadeh found it very significant that the issues associated with multiculturalism in our country have found their reflection in the textbook “Azerbaijani Multiculturalism”. It is necessary that the book should be translated into different languages and used at foreign universities. At present the multicultural ambiance in our country is obvious in all areas, including culture and art.
The Director of the Institute of Folklore of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan Academician Mukhtar Imanov said that the publication of the textbook “Azerbaijani Multiculturalism” is one of the most significant activities in the presentation of multiculturalism in the world. This book published in English will have a great part in presenting the Azerbaijani model of multiculturalism.
The Deputy Chair of the Caucasian Muslims’ Office Fuad Nurullayev underlined that the multicultural values and traditions of tolerance in Azerbaijan are measured by centuries, and in our country the people worshipping different religions have co-existed for hundreds of years.
Azerbaijan is among the very few countries where people of all religions co-exist peacefully. There is an identical attitude to representatives of all religions.
The Archbishop of Baku and Azerbaijan Eparchy Alexandr Ishein, the Archbishop of the Apostolic Prefecture of the Roman Catholic Church in Azerbaijan Vladimir Fekete, the Rector of Azerbaijan Theology Institute Jeyhun Mammadov, the Leader of the Taslysh community Imamverdi Hamidov, the Director of the Institute of Architecture and Art of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan Ertegin Salamzadeh, Doctor of Historical Sciences Solmaz Tohidi and others spoke of the importance of the new edition. It was stated that from the point of view of insinuating the multicultural values in the youth, the textbook “Azerbaijani Multiculturalism” is of great importance. This edition will have a great part in presenting the information about Azerbaijani multiculturalism to the world. The book is a valuable source for students and teachers in studying the Azerbaijan’s model of multiculturalism, also a great contribution to the education of the youth in this field.
It was stressed that Azerbaijan has historically been a multicultural and tolerant country. Here the rise of multiculturalism to the level of the people’s lifestyle, also the implementation of great projects by the state to maintain ethnic-cultural diversity in society have resulted in Azerbaijan’s turning into one of the centres of multiculturalism in the world. The speakers dealt with our country’s historical traditions of tolerance and multiculturalism, focused the attention to the fact that for long centuries all have co-existed in peace, fraternity and security in Azerbaijan, irrespective of their religious and ethnic identities.
It should be noted that the textbook consisting of Introduction, three parts and seven chapters is intended for BA, MA, PhD students, also for those interested in the current issues of Azerbaijan’s model of multiculturalism. The book has over forty co-authors. Also, the co-authors who are not Azerbaijani citizens have made some contributions to the book. The textbook has been developed by the joint efforts of the outstanding scholars in Azerbaijani history, literature, philosophy, law, psychology, our country’s current policy, language, ethnography, international relations.