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Locatit 25 kilometers northeast o central Baku, it is poleetically pairt o the Baku ceety-subdiveesion an treatit as a suburb. Unlike the rest o the kintra which is staunchly secular an which is considered releegiously progressive, Nardaran is a lone center o conservative Shia Islam in Azerbaijan.
The toun is the steid o an early-14t century castle, featurin a roond touer approximately 12.5 meters heich. Durin Soviet rule, the ceety wis kent as a center growin flouers. Syne Azerbaijan's unthirldom, the economy haes dwindled an the toun is reputit for its caviar poachers.
Nardaran is the anerlie place in the whole o Azerbaijan whaur its inhabitants are devoutly releegious an conservative, whaur its streets display releegious banners an whaur maist weemen wear chadors in public. The toun is hame tae a madrassah as well as the Rehime Khanim Mosque, a lairge Shia mosque built in the late 1990s ower the tomb o Rahima Khanim, the sister o Imam Reza. The nou banned Islamic Pairty o Azerbaijan wis foondit in this toun an its base wis centered there. Nardaran haes been the steid o strang protests an unrest, notable riots in Juin 2002 ower wha protesters deemed inadequate livin staundarts an anither in Januar 2006 which resultit in the daiths o three fowk. Ironically Nardaran is possibly ane the poorest places in Azerbaijan, while it is so close tae the richest place in Azerbaijan, Baku.
See an aa
- World Gazetteer: Azerbaijan – World-Gazetteer.com
- C.J. Chivers, "Corruption Endangers a Treasure of the Caspian", The New York Times, Nov. 11, 2005, Accessed 05-01-2006
- Overseas Security Advisory Council, Safety & Security Report: Unrest in Nardaran, Azerbaijan, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, U.S. Department of State, Feb. 1, 2006, Accessed 05-01-2006