Azerbaijan International

Spring 2000 (8.1)
Page 25

Written Word-Happiness

"Since my parents were poor, they were not able to give me anything except love and care. I'm grateful for that, as it has made me who I am. All my work has been directed to one goal - that my nation will attain happiness. I'm working day and night so this wish can come true. In order to succeed, it will be necessary to open many schools, publish many books, magazines and newspapers and distribute them throughout our land, including distant villages."

Haji Zeynalabdin Taghiyev, Azerbaijan's most beloved Oil Baron of last century, who is remembered for his great philanthropic activities. Though illiterate himself, he established the First Boarding School for Girls in the Muslim world (Alexandria Russian-Muslim Female Pedagogic School) in 1901. This quote is from the "Taza Hayat" (New Life) newspaper, February 12, 1908, when Taghiyev was 85 years old and when the Arabic script was still being used in Azerbaijan.

From Azerbaijan International (8.1) Spring 2000.
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