Ahmad Agaoglu (1869-1939)

About Shusha

Ahmad Agaoglu 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.

While studying at the Sorbonne, Ahmad Bey 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, Ahmad  Agaoglu opened the first library and reading room in Shusha in 1896.

In 1897, he came to Baku at the invitation of Haci Zeynalabdin Tagiyev, wrote articles for the "Kaspi" newspaper and, together with A. Huseynzadeh, edited the "Hayat" newspaper.

Later, 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 Agaoglu, 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.

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