People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Azerbaijani of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 31,430

ROP3 Code: 100675
IMB Affinity Group: Central Asia Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Turkic Peoples
People Cluster: Azerbaijani
Language: North Azerbaijani - (azj)
Religion: Islam - Shia
Country of Origin: Azerbaijan

Majority Located Where

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 5,000

  Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC - 3,200

  Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 2,800

  Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX - 2,200

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 2,090

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Brief Profile

Azerbaijani people in North America immigrated from several countries (Azerbaijan, Iran, Russia, Turkey) since the 1940s and are thus a people with a mixed ethnic descent. Over the years, they migrated for reasons of fleeing war in their homeland or pursuing better economic opportunities. Their historical background derives from both Turkic and Persian descent.

Around 70% of Azerbaijani are Shia Muslims mixed with a secular lifestyle. As their dominant religion, Islam reinforces their people group identity along with their folk music, popular culture, and food. Their folk-based music, known as mugam, has gained popularity in recent years. Beyond the variety of soups and kebabs, Azerbaijan’s most distinctive dish is the plov, a saffron rice-based dish which is traditionally accompanied with a variety of herbs and fresh vegetables.

Prayer Points

  • Pray evangelical Christians will intentionally engage the Azerbaijani with the message of Christ.
  • Pray that evangelical Azerbaijani will boldly share Christ with their own people.
  • Pray God will work in the lives of Azerbaijani to experience a personal relatonship with the ultimate and intimate living God.

People Group Resources

Central Asian Peoples - Short Videos
Short videos in mother tongues of the people groups in Central Asia.

Learning Resources

Learn more about "Any-3"
Any–3 provides biblical principles and practical steps that have equipped hundreds of Christians to witness confidently and effectively. Over the past decade, thousands of Muslims have been engaged with the gospel.

Learn more about "Learning Paths"
Online Courses for embracing, encountering and engaging diaspora people. Work at your own pace. Begin anytime and complete the course according to your schedule. Interactive, Hands-On Application.

Learn more about "Reaching the Nations"
This book delineates five disciplines Christians should develop in order to effectively reach the nations. More specifically, it will guide Christians to develop an engagement strategy in their locale.

Loving Muslims Small Group Study
This Loving Muslims booklet is a two-week group study that takes a deeper look at Christ’s command to "love our neighbor."

World Religions - Beliefs Overview
An overview of major world religions and cults - their beliefs and practices.

Overview of Islam
Overview of Islam and its sub-groupings. Developed by the North American Mission Board, SBC. Includes generalized witnessing tips.

Other Resources

Prayer Guide for Unreached Peoples
A 30 day guide to pray for unreached people groups.

Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
A prayer guide that utilizes the acronym GOSPELS to pray for workers among diaspora.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesBrooklynNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY5,000
United StatesD.C.Washington-Arlington-AlexandriaDC3,200
United StatesCovinaLos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA2,800
United StatesHoustonHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX2,200
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON2,090
United StatesRosevilleMinneapolis-St. Paul-BloomingtonMN1,600
United StatesChicagoChicago-Naperville-ElginIL100
United StatesLouisvilleLouisville/Jefferson CountyKY50