Heydar Babaya Salam

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Heydar Babaya Salam (Azerbaijani: حیدربابایه سلام) is the best known Azeri poetical work by Mohammad Hossein Shahriar, a famous Iranian Azerbaijani poet. Published in 1954 in Tabriz,[1] it is about Shahriyar's childhood and his memories of his village Khoshgenab near Tabriz. Heydar Baba is the name of a mountain overlooking the village.

In Heydar Babaya Salam Shahriar narrates a nostalgia from his childhood in a village in Iranian Azerbaijan.

In describing Heydar Baba, Shahryar uses the Azeri Turkish word dağlı that means both "mountainous" and "afflicted," perhaps implying by the latter the oppressive policies of the Pahlavi regime toward Azerbaijanis. Here, in every part of Azerbaijan, a Heydar Baba rises up and becomes a gigantic wall that supports and protects Azerbaijan against its foes.[2]


  1. ^ Brenda Shaffer. Borders and Brethren. Iran and the Challenge of Azerbaijani Identity. — MIT Press, 2002. — P. 58. — ISBN 9780262692779
  2. ^ Hadi Sultan-Qurraie. Modern Azeri Literature. Identity, Gender and Politics in the Poetry of Moj́uz. — Indiana University Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Publications, 2003. — P. 221. — ISBN 9781878318183