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bp honours Azerbaijan’s great poet of all time

Release date:
11 March 2022
Should you desire to see my face,
I will be visible in my every verse.

…And when you read Nizami’s rhyme,
His face will emerge within every line
.…Should you ask where he is after centuries,
His every word will sound: Here, here he is!
Nizami Ganjavi


 His face definitely emerged from every line of his poetry recited at today’s event hosted by bp to honour the 880th birth anniversary of Nizami Ganjavi - one of Azerbaijan’s greatest poets and one of the world’s greatest minds of all time. The event brought together a group of well-known representatives of Azerbaijan’s contemporary literature, scholars, researchers of Nizami’s colossal literary and philosophical legacy. 

The event also marked the public presentation of a solid research book entitled “Nizami Ganjavi – The Forgotten Publications”. The 564-page exquisite publication is a collection of known and unknown thoughts, articles, research papers of the past about Nizami Ganjavi by prominent people of Azerbaijan. The book is a valuable gift for Nizami’s readers, researchers and all admirers. 


Bakhtiyar Aslanbayli, bp’s vice president for the Caspian region, communications and advocacy, said: “Nizami Ganjavi is such a genius that his invaluable poetic and philosophical legacy will continue to be researched by many generations to come. We are pleased to have made our own modest contribution to the research of the treasury of Nizami’s poetry.  Nizami is also widely regarded as one of the greatest thinkers of the East and the collection of the thoughts and writings from the past about him shows that his philosophical legacy has always been in the focus of equally serious attention as his poetry. The prominent Azerbaijani statesman and poet Abbasgulu aga Bakikhanov once wrote in his article about Nizami: “No language is able to fully describe his greatness and brilliance”. So well expressed and so perfectly accurate."


The collection has been compiled and prepared for publication by Prof. Nasiman Yagublu. 

The total cost of the project including the publication of the book is around 52,000 AZN.

Notes to editors


bp has been present in Azerbaijan for 30 years safely, efficiently and reliably operating major oil and gas exploration, development and transportation projects. To date, together with its co-venturers, bp has invested around $84 billion into projects it operates in the country. In Azerbaijan, we are committed to supporting sustainability efforts focusing on the areas where we believe we can make the most difference. 

Our extensive social investment activities and capacity-building efforts in the country have had a positive impact and brought tangible benefits to people, improving their lives and making a difference. 

Our social investments cover such areas as building local capabilities, education, development of communities, local enterprises, the environment, sporting potential as well as research and promotion of the country’s rich cultural heritage. Overall, since the start, bp itself and together with its co-venturers in the joint ventures that bp operates in Azerbaijan, has spent around $100 million on social investment projects in this country.

In Azerbaijan, bp directly employs around 2,270 Azerbaijani citizens who make over 90 per cent of the company’s professional staff.

For more information about bp and its co-venturers’ social investment projects please visit the bp Azerbaijan site at 


Further information


Tamam Bayatly at bp’s press office in Baku. 

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