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Why Iran’s Azeris Are Iranian

By Martin W. Lewis | May 10, 2010 | 2 Comments

The weakness of Azeri nationalism in Iran (discussed last week) seems surprising at first glance. Iranian Azeris form a large, distinctive, and relatively cohesive ethnic group that has been deprived of basic educational rights in its own language. Similar situations in neighboring countries have resulted in serious unrest if not prolonged insurgency – think of

Iranian Azerbaijan and the Cartoon Cockroach Controversy

By Martin W. Lewis | April 30, 2010 | 25 Comments

Iran is to Azerbaijan as Thailand is to Laos: just as Thailand has far more Lao-speakers than Laos, Iran has far more Azeri-speakers than Azerbaijan. Some 18 million Azeris live in Iran (where they comprise 20 to 25 percent of a large populace); that is more than double the number in Azerbaijan

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