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Images of Religion in Azerbaijan

By IWPR
  • A ceremony of mourning in the main Shiite Teze Pir mosque in Baku. The majority of Azerbaijani Muslims are Shiite but there is also a large Sunni community.
    A ceremony of mourning in the main Shiite Teze Pir mosque in Baku. The majority of Azerbaijani Muslims are Shiite but there is also a large Sunni community.
  • Influential imam and human rights campaigner Haji Ilgar Ibrahimoglu, whose Juma mosque in Baku has been closed by the authorities.
    Influential imam and human rights campaigner Haji Ilgar Ibrahimoglu, whose Juma mosque in Baku has been closed by the authorities.
  • Young women in hijab veils take part in a round table discussion on women’s rights.
    Young women in hijab veils take part in a round table discussion on women’s rights.
  • The cemetery and mosque in the strongly Shiite village of Nardaran, scene of clashes between protestors and police in 2003.
    The cemetery and mosque in the strongly Shiite village of Nardaran, scene of clashes between protestors and police in 2003.
  • Aksakals or village elders in Nardaran still make many crucial decisions.
    Aksakals or village elders in Nardaran still make many crucial decisions.
  • Women praying at the main shrine in Nardaran, the tomb of the prophet's great grand-daughter Rahima hanum.
    Women praying at the main shrine in Nardaran, the tomb of the prophet's great grand-daughter Rahima hanum.
  • The walls of Nardaran are covered with religious graffiti and slogans.
    The walls of Nardaran are covered with religious graffiti and slogans.
  • IWPR journalists question the head of the Islamic Party of Azerbaijan, Haji Hajiaga Nuri as they walk through Nardaran.
    IWPR journalists question the head of the Islamic Party of Azerbaijan, Haji Hajiaga Nuri as they walk through Nardaran.
  • An aksakal from the Talysh ethnic group in the southern Lenkoran region near the border with Iran.
    An aksakal from the Talysh ethnic group in the southern Lenkoran region near the border with Iran.
  • A Talysh family.
    A Talysh family.
  • Two per cent of the population of Azerbaijan is Russian Orthodox Christian.
    Two per cent of the population of Azerbaijan is Russian Orthodox Christian.
  • The Armenian church in central Baku remains abandoned, but the wooden Orthodox church of St. George - one of three in Azerbaijan - attracts worshippers every Sunday.
    The Armenian church in central Baku remains abandoned, but the wooden Orthodox church of St. George - one of three in Azerbaijan - attracts worshippers every Sunday.

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