Conference on Ahmed bey Agaoglu, outstanding public and political figure of the Turkic world, has started
A two-day academic conference on Ahmed bey Agaoglu, outstanding public and political figure of the Turkic world dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the great thinker Ahmed bey Agaoglu, organized jointly by Azerbaijan Institute of Theology, Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), Istanbul Branch of Türk Ocakları and Istanbul University Institute for Turkic Studies, has started.
The event started with the performance of national anthems of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Turkey.
AIT rector Jeyhun Mammadov welcomed the attendees and noted that this year will be the 150th anniversary of one of the great representatives of Azerbaijani public opinion, prominent publicist and critic, well-known lawyer and oriental scholar Ahmed bey Agaoglu: “Regarding this, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev signed an Order on the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Ahmad Bey Agaoglu No.1109 dated April 10, 2019, and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan has approved the Action Plan on the implementation of the order dated July 3, 2019.”
AIT rector Jeyhun Mammadov stressed that the order signed by President Ilham Aliyev to ensure the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the great thinker Ahmad Bey Agaoglu is a tribute and honor to the memory of the outstanding public figure of the Turkic world.
J.Mammadov noted that the Institute attaches particular importance to the promotion of national-moral values, patriotic spirit, love for the country, interest in the study of the life and creativite activity of Azerbaijani thinkers.
AIT rector stressed that the event, held to implement the order of President Ilham Aliyev, is of great importance from the aspect of acquaintance with the life and works of the prominent public-political figure of the Turkic world Ahmed bey Agaoglu.
Mustafa Balci, Head of the Istanbul University Institute for Turkic Studies, noted that prominent scholar Ahmed bey Agaoglu is a well-known scholar not only in Azerbaijan, but also in Turkey, the Middle East, Central Russia and Western Europe. M. Balci said that the great thinker was a nationalist intellectual who was an enthusiast of freedom and democracy and emphasized his personality combining all the positive virtues of humanity.
Cezmi Bayram, President of the Istanbul Branch of Türk Ocakları, noted that despite the suffering, exile and deprivations in life, Ahmad Bey did not beware of telling the truth and struggled for the well-being of the people and the great Turkic world. The great thinker’s creative activity continued in a multidimensional and systematic way until his death reflecting his bond to his nation and culture.
Erkan Ozoral, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey to Azerbaijan, said that the conference dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Ahmad Bey Agaoglu which combines the values of the two fraternal countries, is commendable. He said that Turkey-Azerbaijan friendship and brotherhood relations are of great importance, they rely on deep historical roots, fraternal relations between the two nations that have the same nationality exists for centuires, these relations are being enriched and enter a new stage.
Gunduz Ismayilov, Deputy Chairman of the State Committee on Religious Associations, noted that President Ilham Aliyev’s Order on the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Ahmad Bey Agaoglu is a tribute to the memory of the great thinker. G.Ismayilov stressed that in the works of Ahmad Bey Agaoglu, the road to national liberation passes through the cultural and educational level of the society. He characterized Ahmad Bey Agaoglu as one of the foremost intellectuals who led the struggle for national independence of Azerbaijan.
The event went on with discussions around the topic.
The conference will continue tomorrow.