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To: Cindy

It is heartening to hear about a Muslim country doing this. May I presume that Azerbaijan is Sunni Muslim and has no love for Iran-backed Shi’ites?


3 posted on 01/24/2012 4:26:00 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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4 posted on 01/24/2012 4:52:59 AM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims¬óDoing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do !)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

No they are mostly Shia, but most Arabs often see Iranians as Persians and most Arabs hate and distrust the Persians.


5 posted on 01/24/2012 7:45:11 AM PST by CCGuy (USAF (Ret.))
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To: AuH2ORepublican; CCGuy; RitchieAprile
Ethnic Azeris are Oghuzz Turks who settled Arran, similar to the Oghuzz Turks who conquered the Byzantine Empire, creating the Ottoman Empire. They are Shi'ites and most live in Iran. Azerbaijan is the area of northern Arran in the Caucuses conquered by Russia.
Iran is actually Shi'ite because the modern state was created by the Sefavid dynasty, which have been Azeri. The Sefavids chose Twelver Shi'ite Islam because it allowed them to run an empire without having to be subordinate to the Caliphs, who were also the Ottoman Sultans.
9 posted on 01/25/2012 11:41:09 AM PST by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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