For researchers and the culturally curious alike, the Foundation believes the following resources will prove to be very interesting. The Foundation’s own Azerbaijani Heritage Center is a wonderful compendium of cultural and historical resources.

Reading List

Altstadt, Audrey L. The Azerbaijani Turks: Power and Identity Under Russian Rule. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1992.

Atkin, Muriel. Russia and Iran, 1780-1828. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1980.

Baddeley, J. F. The Russian Conquest of the Caucasus. General Books LLC: New York, 2010.

Bey, Essad.  Schuster, Elsa, tr. Blood and Oil in the Orient. Simon & Schuster: New York, 1937.

Breyfogle, Nicholas B. Heretics and Colonizers: Forging Russia’s Empire in the South Caucasus Cornell University Press, 2011

Brzezinski, Zbigniew. The Grand Chessboard. USA: Basic Books, 1997.

Cornell, Svante. Small Nations and Great Powers: A Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict in the Caucasus (Caucasus World). Routledge/Curzon, 2001.

Crichton-Miller, Emily. Special Report: Azeri Artists Take on the World. The New York Times, 2009.

de Waal, Thomas. Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan through Peace and War. NYU Press, 2004.

de Waal, Thomas. The Caucasus: An Introduction. USA: Oxford University Press, 2010

Dumas, Alexandre. Adventures in the Caucasus. New York: Peter Owen, 1963.

Elliot, Mark. Azerbaijan with Georgia. United Kingdom: Trailblazer Publications, 1999.

Fawcett, L.L. Iran and the Cold War: The Azerbaijani Crisis of 1946. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1992.

Goltz, Thomas. Azerbaijan Diary. New York: M.E. Sharpe, 1998.

Goltz, Thomas. Requiem for a would-be republic: The rise and demise of the former Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan: A personal account of the years 1991-1993. Istanbul: The Isis Press, 1994.

Grant, Bruce. The Captive and the Gift: Cultural Histories of Sovereignty in Russia and the Caucasus (Culture and Society After Socialism). USA: Cornell University Press, 2009.

Hille. State Building and Conflict Resolution in the Caucasus (Eurasian Studies Library). USA: BRILL, 2010.

Hopkirk, Peter. The Great Game. USA: Kodansha America, 1994.

Huseynov, Tabib. Resolving Ethno-Territorial Conflicts: A Case for Mountainous Karabakh. VDM Verlag, 2008.

Ingram, Edward. The Beginning of the Great Game in Asia, 1828-1834. Oxford, 1979.

Isgenderli, Anar. REALITIES OF AZERBAIJAN 1917-1920. Xlibris, 2011.

Ismayilov, Ibrahim. Nagorno-Karabakh: Ethnic Conflict or Geopolitics?: Exploring the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010.

Kazemzadeh, Firuz. The struggle for Transcaucasia, 1917-1921. Hyperion Press, 1981.

Kruger, Heiko. The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: A Legal Analysis. Springer, 2010.

Lewis, G.L., tr. The Book of Dede Korkut. London: Penguin, 1974.

Lynch, Dov. Engaging Eurasia’s Separatist States: Unresolved Conflicts and De Facto States. United States Institute of Peace, 2004.

Minorskyii, V. History of Shirvan and Darband. Cambridge University, 1958.

Mostashari, Firouzeh. On the Religious Frontier: Tsarist Russia and Islam in the Caucasus. London: I.B. Taruis, 2006.

Murinson, Alexander. Jews in Azerbaijan: a History Spanning Three Millennia

Nuriyev, Elkhan. The South Caucasus At The Crossroads: Conflicts, Caspian Oil And Great Power Politics. Germany: Lit Verlag, 2007.

Said, Kurban. Ali and Nino. New York: Overlook Press, 1999.

Sattarov, Rufat. Islam, State, and Society in Independent Azerbaijan: Between Historical Legacy and Post-Soviet Reality. Germany: Reichert Verlag, 2009.

Schuster, Elsa, tr. Blood and Oil in the Orient. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1937.

Swietochowski, Tadeusz. Russia and Azerbaijan: A Borderland in Transition. New York: Columbia University Press, 1995.

Swietochowski, Tadeusz. Russian Azerbaijan, 1905-1920: The Shaping of National Identity in a Muslim Community. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1985.

Tagiyeva, Roya. Azerbaijan Carpets. 1999.

Van der Leeuw, Charles. Azerbaijan: A Quest for Identity (Caucasus World). Palgrave Macmillan, 2000.

Van der Leeuw, Charles. Oil and Gas in the Caucasus and Caspian: A History. Great Britain: Curzon Press, 2000. .

Wright, Richard E. Caucasian Carpets and Covers: The Weaving Culture. London: Hali Publications, 1995.

Wright, Richard E. “On the Origins of Caucasian Village Rugs,” Oriental Rug Review. Vol. 10, No. 4 (April/May 1990).

Yergin, Daniel. The Prize. New York: Buccaneer Books, 1994.

Zbigniew, Brzezinski. The Grand Chessboard. USA: Basic Books, 1997.

Online Resources

American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages, Azeri Language Resources:

Azerbaijan International:

Azerbaijan International’s Uzeyir Hajibeyov Site:

Encyclopedia Britannica:

International Finance Corporation:

Library of Congress, Azerbaijan Resources:

Mugham Society of America:

U.S. Department of State:


Mugam Radio:


An American’s experience of Azerbaijan, directed and produced by Anar Garibov, 2013

About Azerbaijan, six non-Azerbaijanis sharing perspectives on Azerbaijan, directed and produced by Anar Garibov, 2010

How did Azerbaijan get its name?

CNN and Azerbaijan during the Collapse of the Soviet Union, 1991

Azerbaijani pomegranate festival

Azerbaijan’s oil gateway

The contemporary Azerbaijani economy

Chess—the national sport of Azerbaijan

Nowruz in Azerbaijan

The Azerbaijani Democratic Republic: The first democratic and secular republic in the Muslim world

Azerbaijan carpets

Mugam: Azerbaijan’s unique folk music

Baku Scenes, 1950-1970 part one

Baku Scenes, 1950-1970 part two

Blessed Crescent and Star—A documentary film about the Azerbaijani Flag


Contact in advance.

Consulate General of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles
11766 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1410
Los Angeles, Calif. 90025
(310) 444-9101

Washington, D.C., Public Library
District of Columbia Public Library
901 G St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 727-0321

Embassy of Azerbaijan
2741 34th Street Northwest
Washington D.C. 20008
(202) 337-3500

The George Washington University, Global Resources Center
2130 H Street, NW
Suite 708
Washington, D.C. 20052
(202) 994-7105

Karabakh Foundation
1128 16th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 457-1450

Library of Congress, African & Middle Eastern Reading Room
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ 220
Washington, D.C. 20540
(202) 707-9779

United Nations Alliance of Civilizations
The Chrysler Building
405 Lexington Avenue, 5th floor
New York, N.Y. 10174
(212) 457-1751

United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce
1212 Potomac Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 333-8702

Urban Institute Library
2100 M Street, NW, #500 
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 261-5688

U.S. Azeris Network
Nevada, New York, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

World Bank InfoShop
701 18th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20433
(202) 458-4500