SHORT HISTORY OF AZARBAIJAN & ONE OF THE PEOPLE THAT STOKES SEPARATISM:
AZARIS ARE ETHNIC IRANIANS:
Azaris are Iranians. They are sometimes referred to as “Iranian Azaris” and “Persian-Azaris.” Even the name ‘Azari’ is an old Iranian name.
The name of Azerbaijan derives from the Achaemenian (Iranian) commander ‘Atropates.’ (Strabo 11.523). It was noted during the ancient Persian empire under the Sasanian King Shapur. In Middle Persian the name is Ātorpātākān; and the New Persian forms Ād̲harbāyjān, Ād̲arbāygān, and Azarbaijan. Strabo, in Book 11 of his geographical accounts, gives us one of the earliest descriptions of the region: “Atropatian Media (Azerbaijan), which got its name from the commander Atropates (a Persian General) … was a part of Greater Media (Northern Iran).”
Abu al-Hasan Ali ibn al-Husayn (896-956), the Arab historian states: “The Persians are a people whose borders are the Mahat Mountains and Azarbaijan up to Armenia and Aran….” Ibn Rusta, a 9th/10th century Persian geographer mentioned the names of the districts and provinces of Iran. In his famous book al-A’laq Al-Nafisah he states in part: “Iran-Shahr is divided amongst these regions: Khorasan, Sajestan, Kerman, Fars, Al-Ahwaz, Al-Jabal, Azerbaijan ….”
THE ORIGINAL AZARI LANGUAGE:
Original-Azari Was an Iranian-Language Similar to Persian; Turkic Azeri is a new language, which is the reason you do not see it in Iran prior to the 11th-13th centuries. A few scholarly quotes on this point:
“We need not take seriously Moqaddasī’s assertion that Azerbaijan had seventy languages, a state of affairs more correctly applicable to the Caucasus region to the north; but the basically Iranian population spoke an aberrant, dialectical form of Persian (called by Masʿūdī al-āḏarīya) as well as standard Persian, and the geographers state that the former was difficult to understand.”
(See Bosworth,C. E,”AZERBAIJAN iv. Islamic History to 1941″,Encyclopædia Iranica,Vol. III, Fasc. 2-3, pp. 224-231.)
“The long and complex history of Azari (q.v.), a major Iranian language and the original language of the region, and its partial replacement with Azeri Turkish, the present-day language of Azerbaijan, is surveyed in detail and with a wealth of citations from historical sources elsewhere in the Encyclopaedia
(R. N. Frye, “PEOPLES OF IRAN” in Encyclopædia Iranica; AZERBAIJAN vii.)
“The Persians are a people whose borders are the Mahat Mountains and Azarbaijan ….”
(Abu al-Hasan Ali ibn al-Husayn Al-Masudi (896-956); Al Mas’udi, Kitab al-Tanbih wa-l-Ishraf, De Goeje, M.J. (ed.), Leiden, Brill, 1894, pp. 77-8.)
“Azarbaijan was the domain of Adhari (Azari), an important Iranian dialect which Masudi mentions together with Dari and Pahlavi.”
(Lazard, Gilbert 1975, “The Rise of the New Persian Language” in Frye, R. N., The Cambridge History of Iran, Vol. 4, pp. 595-632, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 599.)
WHO ELSE ATTEMPTS TO CREATE STRIFE IN IRAN BY SPONSORING THESE GROUPS? ISRAEL & ITS SUPPORTERS LIKE THE JEWISH BILLIONAIRE ISHAK NAZARIAN (Middle Photo).
In August of 2007, the Republic of Azerbaijan’s state media (called “APA”) reported that an Iranian-Jew by the name of Ishak Parviz Nazarian is funding Israeli cooperation. The report says as follows:
“The vice-president of Association Alex Shapiro met … lobbyist Ishak Parviz Nazarian. The activity and further prospects of Azerbaijani Diaspora in Israel was debated in the meeting. Shapiro said that 16 thousand Jews have been living in Azerbaijan at present. … Nazarian said that Azerbaijani Jews played important role in the formation of Israeli society. The sides underlined necessity of cooperation between Israeli-Azerbaijan International Association and Diaspora Organization uniting 30 thousand Iranian Jews and led by Nazarian.”
Nazarian, listed as the leader of 30 thousand Iranian Jews, is reported to actively fund pan-turkism and separatism in Iran.
Nazarian is listed in pan-turkist publications describing Northern Iran by separatist names. This is bad news for the Iranian-Jewish community because there is a great deal of circumstantial evidence that their “leader” has been engaging in treasonous behavior against the Iranian people. This Israeli-firster, Nazarian, cannot ever return to live in Iran irrespective of the type of government that is in power. Others, like Congressman Rohrabacher and Voice of America (which has stoked separatism in Iran for years under the pretext of “human rights”), are simply parroting Israeli psychological-war messages. And if you want to really understand the danger of VOA do not watch it in Persian, watch in other languages where they explicitly attempt to encourage separatism in Iran.
DE-IRANICIZATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN HAPPENEDDURING WHEN SOVIET RUSSIA CAME INTO BEING (BEFORE THAT IT WAS IRANIAN LAND FOR MOST OF RECORDED HISTORY). ISRAEL & THE U.S. RESUMED THAT PRACTICE FOR THE OIL & GAS IN THE CASPIAN:
One thing Iranians need to bear in mind, and remind panturkists of, is that it was the Republic of Azerbaijan that underwent Soviet re-education policies to de-Iranicize the territory after it was taken from Iran during the Qajar era.They were forced to worship Marx and Lenin and had their ties to Iran history, culture, and language suppressed (not the other way around).This is why the overwhelming historical scholarship completely contradicts panturkists’ fictitious narratives about the land, its history, and the history of the people there.(See bottom photo.)
BELOW: Video of the Iranian-Azari Poet Shahriyar reciting poems in Persian and Turkic-Azeri: