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The largest, richest and most developed country in the Caucasus (a region east of Turkey, north of Iran and South of Russia that is partly in Europe and partly in Asia). It also happens to be one of the richest and most developed countries in the former Soviet union. It borders Iran to the south, Russia to the north, Armenia to the West, and Georgia to the north-west. Azerbaijan also has an autonomous exclave known as "Nakchivan" (separated from Azerbaijan proper by Armenia) that has a border with Turkey (and Iran and Armenia). Azerbaijan, when it was first created in 1918, was the first secular democracy in the Muslim world (predating even Turkey), not to mention the first Muslim country (and one of the first countries in the world) to give women the right to vote. Azerbaijan is still one of the few secular majority-Muslim countries.

Azerbaijan is a rapidly developing country with a rapidly growing economy (for most of the latter half of the 2000's, Azerbaijan's economy was one of the fastest-growing economies in the world), due to large oil and gas reserves.

The official language of Azerbaijan is Azeri (a language similar to Turkish), although most Azeris can also speak Russian and Turkish.

The predominant religion is Islam, although Azerbaijan is a secular country and most of it's population are not religious and do not practice (According to a poll in 2008, Azerbaijan's one of the least religious countries in the world).
Person: Where are you from?

Me: Azerbaijan.

Person: Oh, that's some Islamic shithole in the middle east, right? Don't they have Sharia law or something there?

Me: No, Azerbaijan's a secular country, and it's not in the middle east, it's in the Caucasus. There is no Sharia law in Azerbaijan whatsoever. And it's more developed than most former Soviet countries (not to mention most majority-Muslim countries).
by darthvader7777 July 08, 2011
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Ok, time to address some of the idiotic claims about this country (probably written on this site by Armenians):

"Azeris think they're superior to others because they are Muslim/think Muslims are superior"
WTF? Azerbaijan is a secular state, and one of the least religious countries in the world. Most of Azerbaijan's population doesn't even pray or care about Islam. If anything, it's Armenians who think they are superior because they are Christian.

"Azerbaijan started a war against Armenia."
Wrong. The Armenians in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh (which belongs to, and is internationally recognized territory of, Azerbaijan) decided that being the majority in the area somehow meant that the area belonged to them, not to Azerbaijan. The Armenians also decided that just because they lived in that area gave them the right to occupy and annex not only Nagorno-Karabakh, but also 7 regions around it (where Armenians were NOT the majority). 20% of Azerbaijan remains under Armenian occupation to this day.

"Economically and politically, the country is a mess"
Speaking on political terms, yes, Azerbaijan is pretty corrupt (then again, so is Armenia, and so are most post-Soviet countries). Economically, however, Azerbaijan's doing just fine (much better than most post-Soviet states, i.e. Armenia). Don't believe me? Then check the GDP per capita of Azerbaijan, and compare it to other post-soviet states.

Azerbaijan beats most of them (including Armenia).
"the Azerbaijanis decided to follow a similar pattern by invading Armenian villages in Armenia, trying to annex the country."
WTF? This one is the most idiotic claim I've heard. Azerbaijan NEVER attacked Armenia. The war between the Azeris and the Armenians took place in Nagorno-Karabakh, a region in Azerbaijan. It's Armenians who invaded not only Nagorno-Karabakh, but also 7 regions surrounding it. 20% of Azerbaijan is occupied by Armenians to this day.

"They are, at the least, 50 years behind every other country in the world."
Umm... no. Azerbaijan's ahead of most post-soviet states, including Armenia. Check the GDP, Human Development Index, and poverty rates of former soviet countries (i.e. Armenia) and compare them to Azerbaijan if you don't believe me. Not to mention Azerbaijan's ahead of most majority-Muslim countries too. Azerbaijan also happens to be ahead of Armenia, Georgia and Iran, 3 of the 5 countries that border it (the other two being Turkey and Russia). In fact, Azerbaijan is ahead of most developing countries, and ranks 67th on the Human Development Index. No, Azerbaijan is not a developed country, but it is also not "50 years behind every other country in the world" despite idiotic Armenian claims.

"Oh yeah, and they have no REAL culture, unless if you consider stealing land and constantly lying part of the culture."
Stealing land? Armenians occupy nearly 20% of Azerbaijan to this day. So, who is stealing who's land?
by Anonymous45556 August 02, 2011
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A country no one had heard of... until Azerbaijan won the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.
Random person: I never knew Azerbaijan existed until Azerbaijan won the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.
by anonymou1973 July 08, 2011
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None of the Azerbaijan definitions on this website are actually accurate and correct ones. Most of them are either slanderous or were written by Azerbaijanis themselves so they could cover up THE REAL TRUTH. Azerbaijan is a country situated in the southern Caucasus mountains. It's one of the three countries in the world (along with Turkey and the U.S.) whose entire territory is stolen. Azerbaijan is filled with bribes, bootlegged DVDs and hairy women. Practically all of Azerbaijan, except for a tiny portion of it, belongs to the Armenians. There was a recent war in the de facto region known as "Nagorno-Karabakh" for control of the region, and Armenia not only won the war, but they demolished the Azeris by a 7:1 casualty rate.

There have been several "Fuck Armenia" videos leaked on the internet where Azerbaijani turds savagely attack Armenians for no apparent reason, and consider themselves "superior" to them. Economically, the country is in a deep hole. Politically, it's the same. Azerbaijan is predominately a Muslim country, and along with being Muslims, they preach to others about how Muslims are superior to everyone else.
Azerbaijan turd: man we're the best FUCK ARMENIA we are Muslims meaning we're the best!

Me: no you're not. You're just a turd who has too much pride in that shit hole called Azerbaijan...
by Azerbaijanis June 07, 2010
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A country that was built upon corruption and incompetence. Along with their Turkish buddies, they were greatly influenced of the Mongolian Empire, and shortly after its collapse, both Turks and Azerbaijanis decided to start an empire of their own. Turks formed "The Ottoman Empire" which stretched into the Balkans, Mid East and North Africa. Azerbaijanis, on the other hand, failed to sustain a big empire and settled in the Caucasus region of Europe. When the Turks stole land from the Armenians, Greeks, Bulgarians, Albanians, etc. all those countries fought for their independence. Turkey, then, decided to savagely attack the Armenians, in an attempt to get rid of them. Azerbaijan decided to follow a similar pattern, but this time it would be a war, rather genocide. In the war, Azerbaijan was brutally losing by a 7:1 casualty rate to the Armenians.

Modern day Azerbaijan consists of bribes, bootlegged DVDs and drugs. Along with the Turks, there are few Azerbaijanis who actually have Azerbaijani blood in them. The rest are mixed races, most likely from people indigenous to the Caucasus mountains. Economically and politically, the country is in a mess, and they're trying to obtain "Nagorno-Karabakh", which is an autonomous region that belongs to the Armenians. Along with Turkey, Azerbaijan is a country that should be spat on, and rather overlooked. They also think they're the best simply because they're Muslims in Europe (true story)...
Azerbaijan resident: we're the best man we're Muslims man
Man: No one is the best, retard.
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A small country, north of Iran, south of Russia, to the west of the Caspian Sea, and to east of Turkey. Azerbaijan is a country that if developing fast to fit the modern world but still preserves its rich culture, traditions and history. The capital, Baku, has many plans to become more 'modern' in terms of high rises etc. Azerbaijan is a beautiful place to visit but like any country in the world has flaws. Politically, Azerbaijan is on a negotiation with Armenia to regain its land, 'Nagorno Karabakh' and has a part of its land, 'Nakhchivan' cut off form the mainland by Armenia in a war. Many biased definitions have heavily criticized Azerbaijan simply because they have nothing better to do. If you want the truth, simply google Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan is a republic, with a main president. Azerbaijan practices Islam, but also has many resident who practice Christianity. As mentioned before, Azerbaijan is culture and history rich, it also has many historical landmarks and sites, most relating to ancient ancient civilizations and early advanced living environments.

In the 1990's Azerbaijan supplied 50% of the worlds oil (not cooking oil) and is known for that. Azerbaijan also is famous for mud volcanoes, its many climates and geographical features which range from mountainous to humid.
a person: "yo, where you from?"
another person: "Azerbaijan"
the first person: "Oh, I think i heard about that place..."
by newpersonsochill March 25, 2013
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Not in any way a good country. Since Azerbaijanis and Turks are one of the same, they share common traits, such as lying, denying, conniving and killing, and back to lying again. They follow the footsteps of their fellow Turkish buddies, meaning that not long after the Turks tried to exterminate the Armenians, Pontic Greeks and the Assyrians, the Azerbaijanis decided to follow a similar pattern by invading Armenian villages in Armenia, trying to annex the country. They eventually ran off like the dogs they are when the Nagorno-Karabakh war ensued back in '88.

Modern day Azerbaijan consists of more than bribes, drugs and bootlegged DVDs. Azerbaijan also consists of liars, mentally impaired government products and has absolutely no basic essence of life. They are, at the least, 50 years behind every other country in the world. Oh yeah, and they have no REAL culture, unless if you consider stealing land and constantly lying part of the culture.
Azerbaijan Turk: man fuck you Armenians man we're Aryan we're the perfect race.
Me: An Aryan isn't someone from the perfect race, you turd. Aryans are an old civilization in Iran. Aryan is also ancient spelling of the word "Iranian".
Azerbaijan Turk: ...yeah, uh still FUCK YOU man get a life!
Me: Really? "Get a life"? Go back to your little corner.
Azerbaijan Turk: but--
Azerbaijan Turk: yes, sire.
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