The steel-and-glass Flame Towers symbolize how Azerbaijan’s oil wealth is rapidly transforming Baku’s skyline. But behind this façade of modernity, gender attitudes, specifically the way men interact with women in public, remain stuck in an anachronistic rut.
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Suzanne Rothman is a recent graduate of Brandeis University, where she majored in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. She is currently a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Baku. Her views do not reflect the views of the Fulbright program, the US Embassy in Baku, or the US Department of State.