Nigar Babayeva is a PhD candidate of Islamic History at Marmara University, Istanbul, and a visiting researcher under the supervision of Dr. John Voll at the Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. Her dissertation subject is “Islamic Studies in the Russian Empire in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, in case of orientalist V.V. Bartold.”
During her Master’s degree, Nigar specialized in Islamic History and Arts at Marmara University, with an MA thesis titled “Friday Mosques of Northern Azerbaijan.” And her Bachelor’s degree was from Baku State University, History Department. Her interests include Russian Orientalism, Muslim Intellectuals and Islamic Studies in Tsarist and Soviet Russia, Ottoman and Azerbaijani Historiography, Islamic Art and Architecture.
She published several articles in national and international academic journals, gave presentations at various symposiums, and participated at seminars and lectures related to her research area. As an intern, Nigar took part at the Turkish Religious Foundation of the UK, London, and pursued research at the British Library, Library of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and the library of Trinity College Dublin.
She is proficient in Azerbaijani, Turkish, Russian and English, and intermediate in Ottoman Turkish and Arabic languages.