Portal:Iranian Azerbaijan

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Introduction

Four provinces of Iranian Azerbaijan region

Azerbaijan or Azarbaijan (Persian: آذربایجانĀzarbāijān [ɒːzærbɒjdʒɒːn];[lacks stress] Azerbaijani: آذربایجانAzərbaycan [ɑzærbɑjdʒɑn]),[lacks stress] also known as Iranian Azerbaijan, is a historical region in northwestern Iran that borders Iraq, Turkey, the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, Armenia, and the Republic of Azerbaijan. Iranian Azerbaijan is administratively divided into West Azerbaijan, East Azerbaijan, Ardabil, and Zanjan provinces. The region is mostly populated by Azerbaijanis, with minority populations of Kurds, Armenians, Tats, Talysh, Assyrians and Persians.

Iranian Azerbaijan is the land originally and historically called Azerbaijan; the Azerbaijani-populated Republic of Azerbaijan appropriated the name of the neighbouring Azerbaijani-populated region in Iran during the 20th century. Historic Azerbaijan was called Atropatene in antiquity and Aturpatakan in the pre-Islamic Middle Ages. Some refer to Iranian Azerbaijan as South (or Southern) Azerbaijan and the Republic of Azerbaijan as Northern Azerbaijan, although others believe that these terms are irredentist and politically motivated.

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Seh Gonbad in Urmia

Urmia (Azerbaijani: اورمیه); also formerly known (during the Pahlavi Dynasty, 1925–1979) as Rezaeyeh, is a city in and the capital of West Azerbaijan Province, Iran. At the 2012 census, its population was 1,265,721 with 700,000 households. The city lies at an altitude of 1,330 m above sea level on the Shahar Chay river (City River). Urmia is the 10th most populated city in Iran. The population is mainly Azeris...

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Geography

Mugan plain (Azeri: موغان دوزی), is a plain in northwestern Iran and the southern part of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The highest density of irrigation canals is in the section of the Mugan plain which lies in the Republic of Azerbaijan. It is located on the bank of the Aras river extending to Iran. It contains highest density of irrigation canals is in the Mugan plain.

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Mythology

Ismail I

Shah Ismail Khatāī (July 17, 1487 Ardabil – May 23, 1524 Tabriz), known in Persian as Shāh Ismāʿil full name: Abū l-Muzaffar bin Haydar as-Safavī, was a Shah of Azerbaijan (1501) and the founder of the Safavid dynasty which survived until 1736. Isma'il started his campaign in Iranian Azerbaijan in 1500 as the leader of the Safaviyya, a Twelver Shia militant religious order, and unified all of Iran by 1509. Born in Ardabil in Northwestern Iran, he reigned as Shah Ismail I of Iran from 1501 to 1524. Ismail was also a prolific poet who, under the pen name Khatā'ī ("Sinner") contributed greatly to the literary development of the Azerbaijani language.

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Ardabil Carpet

The Ardabil Carpet is either of a pair of two famous Iranian carpets in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Seyyed Mohammad Hossein Behjat-Tabrizi
Seyyed Mohammad Hossein Behjat Tabrizi (Persian: سید محمدحسین بهجت تبریزی‎) (1906 – September 18, 1988), mainly known by his pen name, Shahriar[needs Persian IPA] (About this sound listen), was a notable Iranian poet of Azerbaijani ethnicity, who wrote in Azerbaijani and Persian.

His most important work Heydar Babaya Salam is considered to be the pinnacle in Azerbaijani literature which gained great popularity in the Turkic world and was translated to more than 30 languages.


Sport

Hadi Saei

Hadi Saei born June 10, 1976 in Rey, Iran) is a former Iranian Azeris Taekwondo athlete who became the most successful Iranian athlete in Olympic history after winning gold in the 2008 Summer Olympics. He competed in the Men's 68 kg (featherweight) at the 2004 Summer Olympics and won the gold medal. In addition, he competed in the Men's 80 kg at the 2008 Summer Olympics and won his second olympic gold. Earlier in his career and in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Saei had won the bronze medal.

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Bazaar of Tabriz

Bazaar of Tabriz (Azerbaijani تبریز بازاری, Tabriz Bāzāri) is a historical market situated in the middle of Tabriz, Iran. It is one of the oldest bazaars in the Middle East and the largest covered bazaar in the world and is the largest closed one-roofed structure in the world, and is one of Iran's UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Culture, arts, cuisine

Ashik (Azerbaijani: عاشیق), is a mystic bard, balladeer, or troubadour who accompanied his song—be it a hikaye (Persian: dastan, a traditional epic or a romantic tale) or a shorter original composition—with a long necked lute (saz). The modern Azerbaijani ashiq is a professional musician who usually serves an apprenticeship, masters playing saz, and builds up a varied but individual repertoire of Turkic folk songs.

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Architecture

Dome of Soltaniyeh Architecture is Azerbaijani style

Azerbaijani style is a style (sabk) of architecture when categorizing Iranian architecture development in history. Landmarks of this style of architecture span from the late 13th century (Ilkhanate) to the appearance of the Safavid Dynasty in the 16th century CE.

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Nizami Ganjavi

از آنجا بتدبیر آزادگان
بیامد سوی آذرآبادگان
From there the wise and the free,
set off to Azerbaijan
Nizami

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Tabriz is Iranian Azerbaijan's cultural capital

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