Registration has begun for places at The Caspian-Khazri Azerbaijani Sunday School in London. Classes will take place each Sunday from 1100–1500hrs for children aged 5–15 years. The academic programme includes Azerbaijani language and literature, history, geography and children’s theatrical shows, based on Azerbaijani literature and drama.
All are welcome to learn Azerbaijani with Caspian-Khazri every Sunday!
Address: 88–90a, King Street, Hammersmith, London, W6 0QW
The Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI) of the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a summer school on History, Identity and Religion in Contemporary Central Eurasia to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, 04.07.2011-15.07.2011
Dushanbe is the capital and largest city in Tajikistan. Originally, this city was only a small village made famous by its Monday Market that has been in operation since the late 17th century. Afterall, the name, Dushanbe, is derived from the Tajik word for Monday. Following the Red Army’s victory in Central Asia, the village was upgraded to a town in 1925 and made the capital of the newly created Tajik Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (Tadjik ASSR). After the transformation of the Tajik ASSR to the Tadjik Soviet Socialist Republic (Tajik SSR) in 1929, Dushanbe was renamed Stalinabad, after Joseph Stalin. As part of Nikita Khrushchev’s de-Stalinization initiative, the city was renamed, Dushanbe, in 1961. The Soviets transformed the area into a centre of cotton and silk production and relocated tens of thousands of people to the city from around the Soviet Union. Tajikistan was established as an independent state in 1991. In 1992 -1997 the city was badly damaged as a result of the Civil War in Tajikistan that started shortly after its independence. However, during the past decade, the city has been resurrected and is now more prosperous and beautiful than ever. Continue reading →
X Conference of the World Association of the Connoisseurs of Turkmen Handmade Carpets took place in Ashgabat when the country was celebrating the national holiday – the Turkmen Carpet Day. It is symbolic that the new wonderful administrative building of the Turkmenhaly Turkmen Joint Stock Corporation, the organizer of this prestigious forum became the venue to the jubilee conference entitled “Turkmen Carpets – A Heritage of the Nation”. Continue reading →
Ashgabat is a relatively young city, growing out of a village of the same name established by Russians in 1881. During Soviet rule, Ashgabat became the capital of the Turkmen Soviet Republic and experienced rapid growth and industrialisation. This was severely disrupted by a major earthquake in 1948 that killed two thirds of the population of the city. Since 1991 Ashgabat has been the capital of independent Turkmenistan. Continue reading →