New article about Baku from Zaur Gasimov published in “On site, in time”In his article about Baku, today known as the capital city of Azerbaijan, Zaur Gasimov analyses the ethnic, religious and political issues that formed the city since the 19th century and still influence it today. Especially the conflict between the two largest ethnic groups in Baku, Armenians and Azerbaijani, the forced integration into the Soviet Union and their communist system as well as the oil production that caused migration are critical factors for the development of the city and their conflicts which are also reflected in politics and religion of the country.
From 2009 until 2013 Zaur Gasimov was a member of the academic staff at the Department of History at the »Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte«. Since September 2013 he is member of the academic staff at the »Orient-Institut Istanbul«. His researches include the circulation of ideas between Russia, Europe and Turkey during the 20th century.