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January 25, 2022

The World Is Yours to Change published in Azerbaijani

Azerbaijani edition of The World Is Yours to Change by Daisaku Ikeda
The World Is Yours to Change in Ajerbaijani became the 51st foreign language publication among Daisaku Ikeda’s books

Baku, Azerbaijan: The East-West Publishing House in Azerbaijan recently released The World Is Yours to Change, a compilation of six essays on the theme of peace by Daisaku Ikeda, inspired by his encounters with leaders of diverse backgrounds and cultures. This brings to 51 the languages into which his dialogues, essays and poems have been translated.

In the foreword, Mr. Ikeda affirms,

“Now, more than ever, it is crucial that we renew our faith in the infinite potential of humanity and bring forth our capacity to create peace.

“War is caused by people. It is therefore up to people whether or not we will create a world of peace. This is the challenge, indeed the mission, that has been entrusted to each individual—each young person, in particular—alive today.”

As well as Azerbaijani text, the book also contains Russian and English translations, making it a valuable resource for language learners. It was originally released in Japan by Asahi Press in January 2002 as a bilingual edition with Japanese and English texts and has since been published in countries such as India, Denmark, Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Russia.

The essays in The World Is Yours to Change were originally published in 2001, the year of the terror attacks in the U.S. The publication of the book now, stressing the value of peace through dialogue, has an added significance amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic that has caused divisiveness and chaos in the global community.

Books by Daisaku Ikeda published abroad number more than 2,000 as of Jan 25 2022
The number of Mr. Ikeda’s books published abroad number more than 2,000, including dialogues with thinkers and leaders from various fields, novels, children’s stories, essays, and poetry.

[Adapted from an article in the January 25, 2022, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]

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