Azerbaijan is a country situated at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Ever since having proclaimed its independence in 1918, the country has been progressively advancing. It was the first Muslim majority democratic and secular republic. Unlike other Muslim-dominated states, Azerbaijan has an air of modernity. It was the first Islamic country to have operas, theatre and universities. Though it has welcomed globalization and is influenced by the western culture, Azerbaijani’s haven’t lost their cultural roots. One can taste the rich cultural side of Azerbaijan in its music, art, folk dance, cuisine, architecture and cinematography. Literature is yet another genre where Azerbaijan’s culture and traditions and profoundly reflected. The country is home to many prolific writers who have excelled in all forms of literature, right from fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays, biographies, criticism and so on. Azerbaijani literature is believed to go back to the medieval times. Izzeddin Hasanoglu was the earliest known figure in Azerbaijani literature who composed a divan consisting of Persian and Turkic ghazals. Some of the other important Azerbaijani writers include Chingiz Abdullayev, Hamlet Isakhanli, Afag Masud, Rasul Rza, Nigar Rafibeyli amongst many others. Check this segment to find out in details about famous Azerbaijani writers.