List of Azerbaijanis

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Azerbaijanis or Azeris (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycanlılar آذربایجانلیلار, Azərilər آذری لر) are a Turkic people. Azerbaijanis are predominantly Shia Muslims living throughout Caucasus, northern Iran and eastern Turkey. Traditionally, the Azerbaijanis are living in Azerbaijan, Iran, Russia (Dagestan), Turkey (Kars and Iğdır) and Georgia (Borchali).

Below are lists of famous, prominent and notable Azerbaijanis from Azerbaijan, Iran, Georgia, Russia, Turkey (Anatolia) and other countries. Some Azerbaijanis were born in one country, but gained fame in another. In the list, they are indicated only by place of birth. List also includes people who have at least one parent is of Azerbaijani origin.

Azerbaijan[edit]

Actors[edit]

Art[edit]

Azim Azimzade was Azerbaijani artist and prominent cartoonist.
  • Mikail Abdullayev (1921-2002), painter, People's Painter of the USSR (1963)
  • Azim Azimzade (1880-1943), painter and graphic artist, founder of Azerbaijani satirical graphics, People's Painter of Azerbaijan SSR (1927)
  • Sattar Bahlulzadeh (1909-1974), impressionist painter
  • Behruz Kengerli (1892-1922), painter, graphic artist, one of the first representatives of Azerbaijani visual arts and the founder of realistic easel painting of Azerbaijan
  • Boyukagha Mirzazade (1921-2007), prominent Azerbaijani artist, People's Artist of the Azerbaijan SSR (1967)
  • Togrul Narimanbekov (1930-2013), painter, People's Artist of Azerbaijan SSR, Member of French Academy
  • Vidadi Narimanbekov (1926-2001), painter, People's Artist of the Azerbaijani SSR
  • Mir Mohsun Navvab (1833-1918), poet, artist, music historian, astronomer, carpenter, chemist and mathematician
  • Maral Rahmanzade (1916-2008), graphic artist, People's Artist of Azerbaijan (1964), laureate of the State Prize.
  • Tahir Salahov (born 1928), painter, People's Painter of Azerbaijan SSR (1963), USSR (1973) and the Russian Federation (1996)

Authors[edit]

Khurshidbanu Natavan was the daughter of Mehdi Gulu-khan, the last ruler of the Karabakh khanate (1748–1822), she is considered one of the best lyrical poets of Azerbaijan.
Mikayil Mushfig was an Azerbaijani poet of the 1930s, known for his resistance against the Soviet Union, he was arrested and executed by the Soviet authorities at the age of 30.

Businessmen[edit]

Zeynalabdin Taghiyev, a national industrial magnate and philanthropist accompanied by his daughter Leyla and his grandchildren.

Film industry[edit]

Main article: Cinema of Azerbaijan
  • Magsud Ibrahimbeyov (born 1935), writer
  • Rustam Ibragimbekov (born 1939) — Soviet and Azerbaijani writer and screenwriter, State Prize Laureate, People's Writer of Azerbaijan, Honored Artist of Azerbaijan SSR (1976) and Honored Artist of Russia (1995)[2]
  • Rasim Ojagov (1933-2006), film director and operator, Honored Artist of the Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (1964), People's Artist of Azerbaijan SSR (1982)

Military[edit]

Huseyn Khan Nakhchivanski was General of the Russian Cavalry. He was the only Muslim to serve as General-Adjutant of the Russian Emperor.
Mehdi Huseynzade was legendary guerrilla and reconnaissance, made famous daring operations against the German and Italian invaders during the Second World War in Yugoslavia and Italy, Hero of the Soviet Union.

Music[edit]

Main article: Music of Azerbaijan

Composers[edit]

Uzeyir Hajibeyov is recognized as the father of Azerbaijani classical music and opera. He composed the national anthem of Azerbaijan.

Classical[edit]

  • Shovkat Alakbarova (1922-1993), singer
  • Dinara Alieva (born 1980), singer (soprano)
  • Ahmed Agdamski (1884-1954), folk and opera singer (tenor)
  • Ogtay Aghayev (1935-2006), singer
  • Rauf Atakishiyev (1925-1994), Soviet Azerbaijani singer, pianist, singer-soloist, People's Artist of the Azerbaijan SSR (1967), professor (1972)
  • Elchin Azizov (born 1975), singer (soprano).
  • Bulbul (1897-1961), folk and opera singer (tenor), one of the founders of Azerbaijani national musical theater, People's Artist of USSR (1938)
  • Lutfiyar Imanov (1928-2008), opera singer (dramatic tenor), People's Artist of USSR (1977).
  • Zeynab Khanlarova (born 1936), singer, politician
  • Muslim Magomayev (1942-2008), Soviet and Russian opera and pop singer (baritone), composer, People's Artist of USSR (1973)[5]
  • Huseyngulu Sarabski (1879-1945), opera singer (tenor), composer, playwright, actor, producer, musician (TAR), People's Artist of Azerbaijan SSR (1932).

Hip-Hop[edit]

Jazz[edit]

Kamancha[edit]

Meykhana[edit]

Mugam[edit]

Alim Qasimov is winner of the International Music Council's UNESCO Music Prize, one of the highest international accolades for music.

Tar[edit]

Popular[edit]

Other[edit]

Physicians and medical professionals[edit]

Leyla Mammadbayova was first female Azerbaijani pathologist.

Politicians[edit]

Fatali Khan Khoyski was first Prime Minister of the independent Azerbaijan Democratic Republic.
  • Heydar Aliyev (1923–2003), First Secretary of the Communist Party of Azerbaijan SSR (1969–1982), president of Azerbaijan (1993–2003)
  • Ilham Aliyev (born 1961), prime minister of Azerbaijan (2003), president of Azerbaijan (2003–)
  • Mehriban Aliyeva (born 1964), member of the National Assembly of Azerbaijan and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.
  • Araz Azimov (born 1962), Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Azerbaijan Republic (1994–present)
  • Mir Jafar Baghirov (1896–1956), party activist, head of the Cheka/GPU/OGPU of the Azerbaijan, chairman of People's Commissars of the Azerbaijan SSR (1932–1933), first secretary of the Communist Party of Azerbaijan SSR (1933–1953), Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Azerbaijan SSR (1953); the author of several scholarly books
  • Abulfaz Elchibey (1938–2000), president of Azerbaijan (1992–1993)
  • Mirza Davud Huseynov (1894-1938), Chairman of the Presidium of the Communist Party of Azerbaijan SSR (1920), People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan SSR (1921), First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Tajik SSR (1930–1933)
  • Rasul Guliyev (born 1947), reformist-democrat, Speaker of the National Assembly of Azerbaijan from 1993 to 1996
  • Vafa Guluzade (born 1940), diplomat, political scientist and specialist in conflict resolution
  • Fatali Khan Khoyski (1875–1920), attorney, member of the Duma of the Russian Empire and later Prime Minister and one of the founding leaders of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic
  • Elmar Mammadyarov (born 1960), Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Azerbaijan Republic (2004–present).
  • Gazanfar Musabekov (1888–1938), Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars of the Azerbaijan SSR (1922–1930), Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars ZSFSR (1932–1936), Chairman of the Central Executive Committee of Azerbaijan SSR.
  • Ayaz Mutalibov (born 1938), First Secretary of the Communist Party of Azerbaijan SSR (1990), the first president of Azerbaijan (1990–1992)
  • Sabit Orujov (1912–1981), Minister of Gas Industry of the USSR (1972–1981).
  • Mammed Amin Rasulzade (1884–1955), statesman, scholar, public figure and one of the founders of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, the chairman of the Azerbaijani National Council (1918).
  • Nasib Yusifbeyli (1881–1920), publicist, statesman and one of the founding leaders of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic.

Revolutionaries and leaders of rebellions[edit]

  • Meshadi Azizbekov (1876-1918), revolutionary, of the 26 Baku Commissars; one of the first Azeri-Marxists.
  • Khanlar Safaraliyev (1878-1907), oil field worker, trade unionist and revolutionary Moslem social democrat. In 1907, he helped lead a successful strike at the Baku oil fields
  • Mir Hasan Vazirov (1889-1918), socialist-revolutionary, of the 26 Baku Commissars.He signed the decree of the Baku CPC confiscation of landed estates and transferring them to the working peasants.

Scientists[edit]

Lotfi Asker Zadeh is a mathematician and computer scientist, and a professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley.
Mahammad Hasan Movlazadeh Shakavi was an alim and the first Sheikh ul-Islam of the Caucasus and the first scholar who translated Quran into Azerbaijani language.
Gamar Almaszadeh was a the first Azerbaijani ballerina.

Sports[edit]

Other[edit]

Iran[edit]

Main article: Iranian Azerbaijanis

Art[edit]

Main article: Iranian art

Actors[edit]

Filmmakers[edit]

Authors[edit]

Main article: Literature of Iran
Mohammad Hossein Shahriar was an outstanding Azerbaijani poet from Iran.

Military[edit]

Main article: Military of Iran

Music[edit]

Main article: Music of Iran
Aysel and Arash in the Green Room during the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow

Politicians[edit]

Main article: Politics of Iran
Mir-Hossein Mousavi, last Prime Minister of Iran from 1981 to 1989, current leader of Iranian opposition .
Sattar Khan was a key figure in the Iranian Constitutional Revolution and one of the greatest heroes of Persia (Iran).

Revolutionaries[edit]

Grand Ayatollahs[edit]

Scientists[edit]

Main article: Science in Iran
Ahmad Kasravi, one of the most famous Iranians in Iran's modern history. He is known for his discovery of the Ancient Azari language.

Sports[edit]

Main article: Sports in Iran

Turkey[edit]

Actors[edit]

Literature[edit]

Music[edit]

Sports[edit]

Other[edit]

Georgia[edit]

Nariman Narimanov was a writer and a major public and political figure in Azerbaijan.

Art[edit]

Politicians[edit]

  • Hasan Hasanov (born 1940), the first Prime Minister of Azerbaijan (1990—1992), Minister of External Affairs of Azerbaijan (1993—1998).
  • Nariman Narimanov (1870-1925), Azerbaijani and Soviet politician and writer, People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan SSR (1920—1921), Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars of the Azerbaijan SSR (1920—1922).
  • Alimardan Topchubashev (1862-1934), politician, foreign minister and Minister of External Affairs of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (1918), Head of the Parliament in absentia of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (1918—1920).
  • Raul Usupov (1980-2005), Georgian politician, ex-deputy governor of Kvemo Kartli

Sports[edit]

Others[edit]

Nigar Shikhlinskaya was the first Azerbaijani nurse.

Russia[edit]

Actors[edit]

Music[edit]

  • Asaf Zeynally (1909-1932), composer, founder of the romances in Azerbaijani music, laid the foundation of the Azerbaijani children's music.

Politicians[edit]

Sports[edit]

Others[edit]

  • Chingiz Mustafayev (1960-1992), one of the most noted independent Azerbaijani journalists, National Hero of Azerbaijan
  • Sarhat Rashidova (1875-2007), was believed to be the oldest person to live on Earth as of January 2007.

Armenia[edit]

Mammad agha Shahtakhtinski was an Azerbaijani linguist and public figure.

Art[edit]

Military[edit]

Politicians[edit]

  • Ismat Abbasov (born 1954), Minister of Agriculture of Azerbaijan (since 2004)
  • Avaz Alakbarov (born 1952), Azerbaijani economist, Minister of Finance of Azerbaijan (1999—2006)
  • Aziz Aliyev (1896-1962), People's Commissariat for Health of the Azerbaijan SSR (1939—1941), Secretary of the Dagestan Regional Committee of the Communist Party (1942—1948)
  • Ogtay Asadov (born 1955), Speaker of the National Assembly of Azerbaijan (since 2005)
  • Misir Mardanov (born 1946), Minister of Education of Azerbaijan (since 1998)
  • Shahin Mustafayev (born 1965), Minister of Economic Development of Azerbaijan (since 2008)
  • Akbar agha Sheykhulislamov (1891–1961), Minister of Agriculture of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (1918—1920).

Scientists[edit]

Sports[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

Main article: British Azerbaijanis

United States[edit]

Main article: Azerbaijani Americans

Other places[edit]

Belarus[edit]

Iraq[edit]

Fuzûlî is considered one of the greatest contributors to the Dîvân tradition of Azerbaijani literature.
  • Fuzûlî (1494–1556), poet and thinker
  • Nasimi (1369-1417), mystical poet

France[edit]

Spain[edit]

Turkmenistan[edit]

Uzbekistan[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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