Azerbaijan International

Summer 2005 (13.2)

Interiors: Academy of Sciences

Naghiyev - Ismayiliyya Philanthropic Society

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Facade above entrance on Istiglaliyyat Street (Independence). Naghiyev identified his building with a stone carved image of Bab, founder of Babism (1844 Shiraz, Persia). Babism shares elements with Islam. It gave birth to the Bahai religion which Naghiyev followed. See reference in the novel "Ali & Nino" by Kurban Said (pen name), page 135 ff in English, Anchor: New York, 1999. Photo: Betty Blair

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