Shamil Asgarov

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Shamil Asgarov
Şamil Əsgərov
Shamil Askerov.jpg
Born1929
Died(2005-04-20)20 April 2005
NationalityAzerbaijani
Scientific career
FieldsPoet, historian

Shamil Asgarov or Shamil Askerov[1] (Azerbaijani: Şamil Səlim oğlu Əsgərov, 1929,[2] Ağcakənd – 20 May 2005, Baku) was a Kurdish scholar, poet, and researcher on the history of the Kurds in Azerbaijan. He was the leader of Kalbajar's large Kurdish community,[3] owned a 30,000 book library of books about Caucasian Kurds and their history[4] and was the founder and former director of the Kurdish Museum in Kelbajar before that town was occupied by Armenian forces and the former population forced to flee in 1993.[5] He was also editor of the Kurdish newspaper Denge Kurd published from 1991 to 2004 in Baku, Azerbaijan.[6] Shamil Asgarov translated the classic Kurdish love story Mem and Zin into Azerbaijani and was the author of 17 other books[7] among them one, Ferhenge, a Kurdish-Azerbaijani dictionary, was published in 1999 with the support of the Soros Foundation.[5]

Shamil's son, Khalid, a photographer for Reuters, documented the tale of Asgarov's harrowing escape from Kelbajar during the Armenian attacks of spring 1993 on a 2017 radio documentary for the BBC.[8]

References & Bibliography[edit]

  1. ^ Goltz, Thomas (1999). Azerbaijan Diary, p.322. M.E. Sharpe. ISBN 978-0-7656-0244-2.
  2. ^ Mürvət, Qədimoğlu (2000). Hər Çeşmədən Bir Damla,Şamil Əsgərov-70, p. 3. Baku: ARAZ, Index 4228190013/05200.
  3. ^ de Waal, Thomas (2003). Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War, p. 212. New York: New York University Press. ISBN 0-8147-1945-7.
  4. ^ BBC radio 2017 report
  5. ^ a b "I CARE - Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe, NEWS - Archive for April 2003". Retrieved 2008-06-30.
  6. ^ "Central Asia and the Caucasus - Journal of Social and Political Studies". Retrieved 2008-06-30.
  7. ^ Mürvət, Qədimoğlu (2000). Hər Çeşmədən Bir Damla,Şamil Əsgərov-70, p. 11. Baku: ARAZ, Index 4228190013/05200.
  8. ^ Witness (2017 BBC radio programme featuring Khalid Asgarov