On March 10, 2020 the International Center for Law and Religion Studies welcomed a visiting delegation from Azerbaijan. The delegation included representatives of various religious communities and government entities and was jointly organized by the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles, Baku International Multiculturalism Center (BIMC), the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations of Azerbaijan, and the Utah-based Stirling Foundation.
The delegation met in the morning at the BYU Law School for an introduction to the work of the Center and to ask questions of Center staff. Following lunch, the delegation participated in a panel at the BYU Kennedy Center to discuss Azerbaijan’s multiculturalism. Azerbaijan’s Consul General in Los Angeles Nasimi Aghayev welcomed faculty and students of BYU and introduced the delegation. Center Founding Director W. Cole Durham, Jr. moderated the panel discussion.
The delegation included the following: Executive Director of the BIMC Ravan Hasanov, Deputy Chairman of the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations Gunduz Ismayilov, Executive Director of the Spiritual Values Promotion Foundation Mehman Ismayilov, Deputy Chairman of the Caucasian Muslims’ Board Fuad Nurullayev, Chairman of the Baku Religious Community of European Jews, Alexandr Sharovski, and the Secretary of the Baku Eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church Mefodi Afandiyev.