Azeri in Germany


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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.

Azeris have moved to Germany from Turkey, Iran and Azerbaijan. Many went to Germany from Iran in the 1960s, while others went there after Azerbaijan lost the Nagorno-Karabakh War, which ended in 1994. The Azeris in Germany live in urban centers such as Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, Mainz, Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf and Stuttgart.


What Are Their Lives Like?

There have been great scholars, athletes, artists, and actors among Germany's Azeri population, but most of them are trying to survive through modest jobs. The Azeris have 35-40 cultural associations to hold their community together and to prevent their culture from eroding in Germany.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Azeris are primarily Shia Muslims, but there are a number of Sunni Muslims as well. Islam among the Azeris reflects the historical ties that exist between Azerbaijan and Iran. Until the twentieth century, most Azeris identified themselves as Muslims rather than as Azeris 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 Azeris 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 peoples who have migrated to Germany.

The Azeris have been in Germany for decades now. As time goes on, they are likely to become more secular in their worldview, all the while holding Shia Islam as part of their culture.


What Are Their Needs?

The Azeris in Germany have almost no gospel witness in their communities. They are Shia Muslims whose culture straddles those of the Turks (language) and Iranians (religion). It will take a deliberate, long term effort to take Jesus to the Azeris in Germany.


Prayer Points

Ask the Lord to send his servants to share the life-giving message of Christ and assist Azeris in Germany in finding the abundant life that He intends for them.
Pray for a powerful Disciple Making Movement among Azeris in Germany that will affect their communities all over Europe.
Pray for the Azeris in Germany to have the chance to hear and respond to the JESUS Film and gospel recordings in their language.


Scripture Prayers for the Azerbaijani in Germany.


References

http://www.visions.az/en/news/261/fcf10dc9/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azerbaijanis_in_Germany
https://alchetron.com/Azerbaijanis-in-Germany-1804804-W
https://ge.boell.org/en/2022/01/12/portrait-migrant-azerbaijanis-germany
https://www.azerbaijans.com/content_495_en.html
https://www.elibrary.az/docs/JURNAL/jrn2008_15j.htm
https://wikimili.com/en/Azerbaijanis_in_Germany


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Azerbaijani
People Name in Country Azerbaijani
Natural Name Azeri
Pronunciation uh-ZARE-ee
Alternate Names Azerbaijan; Azeri Turk; Turkmen
Population this Country 15,000
Population all Countries 9,102,000
Total Countries 20
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 10528
ROP3 Code 100675
ROP25 Code 300626
ROP25 Name Azerbaijani (Azeri)
Country Germany
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Germany
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.40 %)
0.80 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
87.00 %
Non-Religious
12.10 %
Other / Small
0.10 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Azerbaijani, North (15,000 speakers)
Language Code azj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Azerbaijani, North (15,000 speakers)
Language Code azj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Azerbaijani, North

Primary Language:  Azerbaijani, North

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1842-1891)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2004)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1891-2014)
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YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Azerbaijani, North Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app direct APK download SIL
Mobile App Android Bible app: Azerbaijani, North YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Azerbaijani, North YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter IBT, Russia - resources Institute for Bible Translation - Russia
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
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