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A book honoring Aida Imanguliyeva presented in Baku

14 June 2016 12:41 (UTC+04:00)
A book honoring Aida Imanguliyeva presented in Baku

By Rashid Shirinov

A book about eminent Azerbaijani orientalist scientist Aida Imanguliyeva has been presented at Baku educational complex No. 132-134 on June 13.

“An unforgettable graduate -- Aida Imanguliyeva” book tells about the life and work of the distinguished Azerbaijani scholar.

The presentation of the book was attended by number of scientific and cultural figures.

Addressing the event, Sara Khanlarova, Director of the educational complex, said the school with over 100-year history has decided to annually publish a book about one of the famous alumni of the school.

"The first book has been dedicated to Aida Imanguliyeva because she is the most famous graduate of the school," she underlined.

Khanlarova also voiced her pride that Aida Imanguliyeva was the graduate of their school.

Akif Alizadeh, President of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS), said that he was proud of working in the Academy together with Aida Imanguliyeva.

“Her untimely death was a great loss both for us and for the Azerbaijani people in whole. However, today is a truly pleasant day. Speaking about the graduate of this prestigious school is a very pleasant, and at the same time, responsible task," Alizadeh said.

He stressed that Aida Imanguliyeva was a prominent scientist-orientalist. “After graduating, she devoted her life to science. She's one of the few scientists that still do not lose their relevance,” ANAS President noted. “Aida Imanguliyeva could speak both the languages of the East and West. She is the outstanding Azerbaijani scientist-orientalist, who studied literature of the East and West.”

Academician Vasim Mammadaliyev said that Imanguliyeva was a great scholar of the new Arabic literature, noting that Imanguliyeva is an indispensable scientist.

She was a very modest woman, but was a world famous scholar. “Aida Imanguliyeva was well known in Georgia, Russia, Lebanon, Syria and other countries. Her work was referenced to, and this is the biggest achievement for a scientist,” Mammadaliyev stressed.

Academician Ahliman Amiraslanov and Director of the Institute of Oriental studies of ANAS, Govhar Bakhshalieva also spoke about the importance of Aida Imanguliyeva’s activities.

The event progressed with the demonstration of a short film about Aida Imanguliyeva.

Aida Imanguliyeva was an active orientalist-scientist who earned respect of the scientific public. She was a member of the Presidium of All-Union Oriental Studies Society and the All-Union Coordination Council on Eastern literature research in the former USSR. As a representative of the Azerbaijani orientalist school, she gave lectures in scientific congresses, symposiums, and sessions held in Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Poltava, Dushanbe, Tbilisi and other cities.

Aida Imanguliyeva was Azerbaijan’s first female doctor of sciences and first professor on Arab literature. She began fulfilling the functions of the director of the Oriental Studies Institute in August, 1991 and was appointed to the position of Director in December of the same year.

She was very sentimental, attentive, kind and slender person. She was always demonstrating interest and kindness to her relatives and trying to solve their problems.

Aida Imanguliyeva untimely passed away on September 19, 1992 at the age of 52.


Rashid Shirinov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @RashidShirinov

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