Azerbaijan Wrestles with Rising Iranian Influence

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev (left) meets with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran in November 2017. Baku is growing increasingly concerned about what it sees as growing Iranian manipulation of Azerbaijan’s Shia Muslim believers. (Photo: Azerbaijani Presidential Press Service)
Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev (left) meets with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran in November 2017. Baku is growing increasingly concerned about what it sees as growing Iranian manipulation of Azerbaijan’s Shia Muslim believers. (Photo: Azerbaijani Presidential Press Service)

Azerbaijan’s government is growing increasingly concerned about what it sees as growing Iranian manipulation of the country’s Shia Muslim believers.

  • Rascal

    This is exactly how Iran’s mullahs function. Next thing you know there is another armed Party of God controlling your government. Just ask Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and what is left of those qat chewing Houthi.
    I particularly find the shiite practice of Ashura, self-mutilation-blood dance, a tad savage and primitive.
    Maybe its just me, but I fail to see the peace and love in Islamic practices?

    • Niemals

      It isn’t just you!

      The self-mutilation-blood dance primitive ‘traditional’ practice have no place in modern society.
      However Iranian society is far from being a modern society, it is sucked in a society that existed some 1400 years ago.

  • Y K

    The Aliyev family rules Azerbaijan with an iron fist. Despite its many shortcomings (and crimes), at least so far it’s doing a pretty good job of keeping both Erdogan’s and Khamenei’s brands of Islamonazism out. 🙂