|Chairman of State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations of Azerbaijan Republic|
June 27, 2006
|Preceded by||Rafig Aliyev|
September 5, 1944 |
Maralzami, Syunik district, Armenia
Hidayat Orujov Khudush oglu (Azerbaijani: Hidayət Orucov Xuduş oğlu; born September 5, 1944) is a notable writer and an Azerbaijani politician serving as the Chairman of State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations of Azerbaijan Republic.
Ealy life 
Orujov was born on September 5, 1944 in Maralzami village of Syunik district, Armenia. He graduated from Philology department of Azerbaijan State University. After graduation, he worked as a teacher in his village and for Soviet Armenia newspaper for a brief period of time, and in July 1968 he was appointed the Director of Jaffar Jabbarli Iravan State Azerbaijan Drama Theater where he worked for 6 years. As a writer he was known under alias Hidayet. Orujov also headed the Azerbaijani literature Council of the Writers Union of Armenia and taught Azerbaijani Literature of 19th-20th centuries at Armenian State Pedagogical University. He's creditted for publishing numerous books on Azerbaijani and Oghuz literature in Yerevan. Orujov has translated numerous books by Armenian authors such as H.Paronyan, V.Petrosyan, K.Sarkisyan, K.Arshakyan from Armenian into Azerbaijani and Russian. In March 1984, he moved to Baku and was hired as the Assistant Editor of Gənclik (Youth) Publishing House and in March 1986, he was appointed the Chief Editor of the publishing house, a position which he held until 1992. While an editor, he substantially expanded the library of books on Azerbaijan in international markets. A fifteen volume Azerbaijani folklore, twenty five volume Adventures and Mystics, seventeen volume Literature of nations of USSR were published under Orujov's leadership. Orujov has also been board member of Azerbaijani Writer's Union and Literature newspaper.
Political career 
In 1992-1993, Orujov served as the State Advisor on Interethnic Relations to the President of Azerbaijan. In 1993-2006, he was the State Advisor on National Policies; in 2005-2006, he served as the State Advisor on Ethnic Minorities and Religious Organizations to the President of Azerbaijan. On June 27, 2006 he was appointed the Chairman of State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations of Azerbaijan Republic replacing Dr. Rafig Aliyev. As the chairman of the state committee, he has paid special attention to preventing registrations of religious organizations allegedly being recommended by foreign special services.
Works and Awards 
Orujov has been awarded with Honorable Arts Contributor of Armenian SSR award in 1978, Order for Personal Courage in 1970, and was honored with awards from the Supreme Soviet of Azerbaijan SSR. In 1989, after Armenians laid claims on Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, Orujov renunciated his award from Armenian SSR. Since the independence of Azerbaijan was restored, he has also been awarded with Shohrat Order of Azerbaijan Republic, International Paydulla Iskeyev Literature Award of Chuvash Republic and a number of awards from Georgia and Dagestan.
See also 
- "Azərbaycan Respublikasının Dini Qurumlarla İş üzrə Dövlət Komitəsi. Rəhbərlik. HİDAYƏT ORUCOV" [State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations. Leadership. Hidayat Orujov]. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- "Kinozal. Hidayət (Hidayət Orucov)" [Kinozal. Hidayet (Hidayat Orujov)]. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- "Azeri president dismissed head of State Committee on Work with Religious Organizations". Trend News Agency. 2006-06-27. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- Ramil Mammadli (2010-10-08). "Hidayat Orujov: "Some religious associations in Azerbaijan build their activities on the basis of recommendations by foreign special services"". Azeri Press Agency. Retrieved 2010-12-06.