|Dr. Shahin Mustafayev|
Dr. Shahin Mustafayev was born on February 7, 1962, in Baku, Azerbaijan.
He graduated from Baku State University, Department of Oriental Studies. In 1990 he received his PhD degree in History from Moscow State University.
He was awarded the UNESCO Hirayama-Silk Road Fellowship which enabled him to study in Oxford the legislation and tax practices in Azerbaijan and Anatolia related to international silk trade in 15th century. In 2005-2006 he was a visiting scholar at Indiana University and researched the history of Anatolia in 11-15th centuries. In 2008-2013 he served as director of the International Institute for Central Asian Studies which enjoyed at that time the status of UNESCO center category 2 and located in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Currently he has a post of deputy director of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. He is an author of 4 books and dozens of articles related to Silk Road and medieval history of Azerbaijan, Anatolia and Central Asia.