The ancestors of today's Azerbaijanis (AKA, Azeris) had their first contact with Russians when they came to Russia as diplomats and merchants in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The Russian Empire conquered Dagestan in the early 19th century, adding local Azerbaijanis to the population of Russia. They went on to conquer Azerbaijan in the early nineteenth century and made it one of the "Soviet Socialist Republics" in the early days of the USSR.
In the mid twentieth century, Azeris began to stray from their Muslim-dominant region into various Russian urban centers. This accelerated after the demise of the USSR in 1991 when they spread out looking for jobs.
Though there are Azeris in many parts of Russia today, they live mainly in Dagestan and the city of Moscow.
Azeris are among the many Muslim people groups from the Caucasus Mountain region that have migrated to Russian urban centers for work. They work for low wages, and they are not well accepted by the Russian majority, many of whom view them as a threat to the job market. There are Azerbaijani language newspapers in Russia.
Because of the Azeri's historical ties with Iran, Shia Islam is dominant. The Azeris are primarily of the Ithna Ashari (Twelver's) tradition of Shia Islam, which emphasizes the importance of 12 divinely ordained leaders, one of whom will appear with Christ in the end times. There are also some Sunni Muslims among them. Until the twentieth century, most Azeris identified more with Islam than with their nationality. These beliefs were modified, especially under the atheistic rule of the USSR.
The Azeris need the chance to make Christ the center of their lives so they can live life to the full (Jn. 10:10).
* Scripture Prayers for the Azerbaijani in Russia.
Pray for dedicated Russian believers to go to the Azeris with the gospel.
Pray for spiritual discernment and hunger among these Shia Muslims.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among Azeri family heads in Russia so they will be willing to listen with open hearts and minds.
Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among Azeris in the 2020s.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2013-03-24|
|People Name General||Azerbaijani|
|People Name in Country||Azerbaijani|
|Population this Country||615,000|
|Population all Countries||10,033,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||12|
|Alternate Names||Azerbaijan; Azeri Turk; Turkmen|
|Region||Europe, Eastern and Eurasia|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Dagestan Republic: south Caucasus mountains, Caspian coast. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Azerbaijani, North (615,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||azj Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Azerbaijani, North
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (2004)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Father's Love Letter|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Azerbaijani, North|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video|
|Film / Video||The Prophets' Story|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file from FCBH|
|Text / Printed Matter||Jesus Messiah comic book|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.20 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|