Azeri Turk in United States

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Introduction / History

Azerbaijan is located in the Caucasus Mountain region on the western shore of the Caspian Sea. It is there, in the land of the ancient Medes, that we find more than six million Azerbaijani (also known as the Azeri). The name "Azeri" is thought to have come from the fourth century ruler, Atropat, who governed the area that is now northwestern Iran. However, it may have been derived from azer, the Persian word for fire.

The Azeri have been subjected to numerous invasions throughout history. The homeland of the Azeri was first conquered by the Persians in the sixth century B.C. Islam was introduced into the area during the seventh century A.D., and has been practiced there ever since. By the eleventh century, Persian influence was overpowered by Turkic influence. During the thirteenth century, this region of Asia fell under the dominion of Genghis Khan.

The economy of Azerbaijan is stronger than most other countries in their region, so few of them have migrated to other parts of the world.

Where Are they Located?

The Azerbaijanis in the US are mostly located in the urban centers of California, Texas, NYC, and New Jersey. A smaller number live in Chicago, Washington DC, and Boston.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Azerbaijanis in the US hold all kinds of jobs, so their work life cannot be generalized. They have their own organization to influence Azerbaijani-Americans to vote a certain way. This organization networks with other diaspora groups.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Azerbaijani are primarily Shi 'ite Muslims, but there are a number of Sunni Muslims as well. Islam among the Azerbaijani is a reflection of the historical ties that exist between Azerbaijan and Iran. Until the twentieth century, most Azeri identified themselves as Muslims rather than Azerbaijani or Turks. They believe that being a "spiritual community of Islam" was much more important than being a nation.

The Islamic religious practices of the Azerbaijanis are less restrictive of women's activities than they are for most other Muslim peoples. Most women have jobs outside the home, which helped them fit in better than other Muslim people who have migrated to the US.

What Are Their Needs?

The Azerbaijanis in the US have almost no gospel witness in their communities. They are Shi 'ite Muslims whose culture straddles those of the Turks (language) and Iranians (religion). It will take a deliberate effort to take Jesus to the Azerbaijanis in the US. This might best be done by Iranian believers since they at least share the same religious background.

Prayer Points

Ask the Lord to send his servants to share the life-giving message of Christ and assist Azerbaijanis in the US in finding the abundant life that He intends for them.
Pray for a powerful disciple making movement among Azerbaijanis in North America.
Pray for the Azerbaijanis in the US to have the chance to hear and respond to the JESUS Film and gospel recordings in their language.

Scripture Prayers for the Azerbaijani, Azeri Turk in United States.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Azerbaijani, Azeri Turk
People Name in Country Azerbaijani, Azeri Turk
Natural Name Azeri Turk
Pronunciation uh-ZARE-ee terk
Population this Country 1,100
Population all Countries 17,891,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Afshar; Shachsewenen; South Azerbaijani
People ID 18859
ROP3 Code 100677
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country California, New York, Tennessee, and Virginia.   Source:  Ethnologue 2020
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country California, New York, Tennessee, and Virginia..   Source:  Ethnologue 2020
Primary Language Azerbaijani, South (1,100 speakers)
Language Code azb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Azerbaijani, South (1,100 speakers)
Language Code azb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Azerbaijani, South

Primary Language:  Azerbaijani, South

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes
Bible-Complete Yes  (2009-2013)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Network of Azerbaijani Partnerships
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Azerbaijani, South
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Gospel resources links
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Azeri Scripture Resources
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Azerbaijani, South
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Comic Book Version
Text / Printed Matter Download scripture in this language
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
98.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
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Map Source Qamxan  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more