Ahmad bay Aghaoglu – prominent public figure and politician, Azerbaijani and Turkish publicist and journalist

Baku, March 16, AZERTAC

Ahmad bay Aghaoglu is one of the prominent figures in the history of literary, cultural and socio-political thought not only of the Azerbaijani people, but also of the entire Turkic-Islamic world.

Ahmad bay Aghaoglu played a significant role as a public figure, publicist, politician, lawyer, scientist, and intellectual in the literary and public thoughts and the political life of the history of 20th century of Azerbaijan.

His activity and works had a great impact on the public processes in Azerbaijan and Turkey, as well as Europe.

Ahmad bay Aghaoglu, who had a unique analytical mind and the gift of theoretical generalization, and also received excellent education in France, was a more global and systemic thinker.

While studying at the Sorbonne law school in France, Ahmad bay Aghaoglu wrote reviews of two books on the Middle East, as well as articles for the Russian-language Kavkaz newspaper in Tbilisi.

Returning after studying in France, he opened the first library and reading room in Shusha in 1896.

In 1897, he came to Baku at the invitation of prominent Azerbaijani industrial magnate and philanthropist Haji Zeynalabdin Taghiyev, and wrote articles for the "Kaspi" newspaper and, together with Ali bay Huseynzade edited the "Hayat" newspaper.

Ahmad bay, a famous figure of Turkism, became a political adviser to the commander of the Caucasian Islamic Army, which saved Azerbaijan from systematic Armenian massacres.

Ahmad bay Aghaoglu, who was very active in politics, also published dozens of articles on various topics - Islamic history, political and ideological issues, various aspects of national, international life and politics.

In 2019, President Ilham Aliyev signed an Order to mark the 150th anniversary of Ahmad bay Aghaoglu.


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