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Published on Jul 23, 2010
A song titled "They seperated Aras", which I dedicate to Azeri-Turkish nation that was divided by an agreement signed by two states which were not really representing the Azeris.
Azeri Turks, the nation ruled Iran for centuries now have to live in two different countries: South Azerbaijan which is now under Iranian rule and North Azerbaijan that is an independent state got its independence from Russians in 1991 like many other members of USSR.
Unfortunately, Iran's Azeri Turks aren't as lucky as their brothers and sisters live in independent Azerbaijan. The numbers are not very certain but with a realistic view, we can say: There are 30-35 millions Azeri Turks in Iran, much more crowded than North Azerbaijans Azeris (8 million) Most of Iranian Turks consider themselves as founders of Iran and they're very right in doing so. Cause they have a very long history still has a great influence in Iran. Ghaznavid Empire, Great Seljuq Empire, Safavid Empire... Iran was ruled by many Turkic dynasties. Iran's official sect, Shia, was accepted in era of Safavid Shah Ismail who was an Azeri Turk. Safavid Empire of Azeri Safavid dynasty lived about 250 years and left so many pieces in Iran. Even Iran name which means land of Aryans in Farsi, was given to Iran by Azeri Turks. In times of those Turkic dynasties all ethnicities lived in peace and they had no any troubles in speaking Farsi or Turkish or Kurdish..etc.
But in Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavii's era, a kind of Persianization movement began. Iranian state started to force Turks to have names in Persian and change names of the cities...Azeri language was banned and Azeri people were horribly oppressed by the regime despite all great contributions of Azeri people to Iran. And sadly, this situation partly remains, under Islamic regime that is greatly undemocratic. They can't have their education in their own language and there are troubles even for the ones who want to open courses to teach Azeri language. Life is too hard for the Azeri Turks who do not accept Iranian identity... Some of them even had to flee from their motherland.
Note: The pictures I used are from Iran and Azerbaijan but all of the pieces you saw or will see, were built by Turkic dynasties ruled Iran and Azerbaijan. Of course, most of them were built in the era of the longest reigning Azeri dynasty: Safavids.