Azerbaijani

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Attention all! Here’s introducing the vintage country of Azerbaijan, a land best known for its crochets, contrasts and contradictions. But did you know that this nascent nation, brimming with Turkish and Shia Muslims, is also home to a string of unusual wonders like world’s first fireplace and burning mountain. That is right! This little-known, oil-rich land, which has been lying low hitherto, is slowly leaving the ghosts of his war-torn past behind to find its rightful place in the geopolitical map now. It is incredible to know that even amid the territorial tensions and war, the country has managed to produce a wad of visionaries, innovators and artistes and claim several Nobel Prizes too, thereby carving a niche for itself in the global map. From intelligence spy Richard Sorge and Nobel winning physicist Lev Landau to Poet of Independence Ahmad Javad and creator of fuzzy logic Lotfi Zadeh, the country has given the world many notable names to look up to and be inspired by. We bring you the lives and deeds of some such famous Azerbaijanis through their timeline, trivia, and facts captured in the biographies here.
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Teimour Radjabov
(Chess player)
Teimour Radjabov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
(Chess player)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 12, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sumqayit, Azerbaijan
 3 
Rafael Fiziev
(Azerbaijani Professional Mixed Martial Artist)
Rafael Fiziev
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 5, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Korday, Kazakhstan
 4 
Samira Efendi
(Singer)
Samira Efendi
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 17, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, USSR
 5 
Nesrin Cavadzade
(Actress)
Nesrin Cavadzade
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Birthdate: July 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
 6 
Mehriban Aliyeva
(Vice President of Azerbaijan)
Mehriban Aliyeva
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

Mehriban Aliyeva is an Azerbaijani physician and politician. She is the current Vice President of Azerbaijan. The wife of Ilham Aliyev, Aliyeva is also the current First Lady of Azerbaijan. Mehriban Aliyeva is also the current Deputy Leader of the New Azerbaijan Party.

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Emin Agalarov
(Singer)
Emin Agalarov
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, USSR
 8 
Vagit Alekperov
(Russian-Azerbaijani Entrepreneur & Former President of the Oil Company 'Lukoil' (1993 - 2022))
Vagit Alekperov
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Birthdate: September 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

Vagit Alekperov is a Russian-Azerbaijani entrepreneur best known for his service as the president of the PJSC Lukoil Oil Company from 1993 to 2022. Counted among the richest people in the world, Vagit Alekperov is also known for his philanthropic efforts. In 2007, he established a non-profit organization called Our Future, which aims at promoting social entrepreneurship in Russia.

 9 
Muslim Magomayev
(Singer)
Muslim Magomayev
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Died: October 25, 2008
 10 
Zabit Samedov
(Kickboxer)
Zabit Samedov
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 21, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gardabani, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
 11 
Lotfi A. Zadeh
(Mathematician)
Lotfi A. Zadeh
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: February 4, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Died: September 6, 2017
 12 
Abulfaz Elchibey
(2nd President of Azerbaijan (1992 - 1993))
Abulfaz Elchibey
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 24, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan
Died: August 22, 2000

Abulfaz Elchibey was an Azerbaijani political figure who served as the President of Azerbaijan from 17 June 1992 to 24 June 1993. He was stripped of his presidency in a coup d'état in 1993. After the end of his presidency, Abulfaz Elchibey served as the leader of the opposition. 

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Heydar Aliyev
(Former President of Azerbaijan)
Heydar Aliyev
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 10, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nakhchivan City.
Died: December 12, 2003

Heydar Aliyev was an Azerbaijani politician. From 1993 to 2003, Aliyev served as the president of Azerbaijan. His presidency has attracted criticism and Aliyev was accused of establishing a dictatorial, repressive, and authoritarian regime. He was also accused of muzzling the press and rigging elections. He died of ill health on 12 December 2003.

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Imadaddin Nasimi
(One of the Greatest Turkic Mystical Poets of the Late 14th and Early 15th Centuries)
Imadaddin Nasimi
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1369 AD
Birthplace: Shamakhi, Azerbaijan
Died: 1417 AD

Imadaddin Nasimi was an Azerbaijani Ḥurūfī poet who wrote in Persian, Azerbaijani, and Arabic. He is counted among the greatest and most influential Turkic mystical poets of the 14th and 15th centuries. His work has influenced many Turkic language authors and poets such as Khata'i, Fuzûlî, and Pir Sultan Abdal. Imadaddin Nasimi's life and career inspired the 1973 biopic Nesimi.   

 15 
Jaycee Carroll
(Basketball player)
Jaycee Carroll
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Laramie, Wyoming, United States
 16 
Rafael Aghayev
(Karateka)
Rafael Aghayev
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sumqayit, Azerbaijan
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Aysel Teymurzadeh
(Singer)
Aysel Teymurzadeh
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
 18 
Samra Rahimli
(Singer)
Samra Rahimli
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 20, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
 19 
Chingiz Mustafayev
(Singer)
Chingiz Mustafayev
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 11, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russian SFSR, USSR
 20 
Shaquielle McKissic
(Basketball player)
Shaquielle McKissic
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 17, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
 21 
Haji Aliyev
(Wrestler)
Haji Aliyev
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 21, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, Azerbaijan
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Ilham Aliyev
(4th President of Azerbaijan)
Ilham Aliyev
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Ilham Aliyev, son of former president of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev, is the incumbent Azerbaijani president. He owned SOCAR, the state-run oil company that made major negotiations with the West. He abolished the presidential consecutive term limit and enjoys a lavish lifestyle, amid allegations of corruption, nepotism, and human rights violations. 
 23 
Anna Pavlova
(Russian-Azerbaijan Artistic Gymnast)
Anna Pavlova
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Orekhovo-Zuyevo, Russian SSR, Soviet Union
 24 
Nijat Rahimov
(Weightlifter)
Nijat Rahimov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 13, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
 25 
Chingiz Allazov
(Belarusian Kickboxer and Former K-1 Super Welterweight Champion Presently Signed With ‘ONE Championship’)
Chingiz Allazov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gardabani, Georgia

Belarusian kick-boxer Chingiz Allazov has so-far achieved a kickboxing record of 59 wins out of 65, of which 36 wins were secured through knockout. He became the 2017 K-1 World GP -70kg World Tournament Champion and successfully defended the title in 2018. Presently signed with ONE Championship, Allazov is ranked as the #3 lightweight in the world by Combat Press.

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Leyla Aliyeva
(Ilham Aliyev's daughter)
Leyla Aliyeva
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
 27 
Alim Nabiev
(Kickboxer)
Alim Nabiev
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
 28 
Sharif Sharifov
(Russian-Azerbaijani Wrestler and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Sharif Sharifov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gunukh, Charodinsky District, Dagestan, Russia
 29 
Nigar Jamal
(Singer)
Nigar Jamal
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 7, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
 30 
Aras Agalarov
(Real estate entrepreneur)
Aras Agalarov
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: November 8, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
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Ramil Guliyev
(Sprinter)
Ramil Guliyev
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan SSR
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Artur Rasizade
(6th Prime Minister of Azerbaijan (2003 - 2018))
Artur Rasizade
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 26, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ganja

Artur Rasizade is an Azerbaijani politician known for his service as the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan. He served as the Prime Minister on two occasions between 1996 and 2018 and also served as an acting Prime Minister on a couple of occasions. Over the course of his career, Rasizade has been honored with prestigious awards, including the USSR State Prize.

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Zarifa Aliyeva
(Ophthalmologist)
Zarifa Aliyeva
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: April 28, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Shakhtahkty village, Sharur, Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union
Died: April 15, 1985
 34 
Aziza Mustafa Zadeh
(Singer)
Aziza Mustafa Zadeh
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan SSR
 35 
Alim Qasimov
(Musician)
Alim Qasimov
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 14, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nabur, Shamakhi, Azerbaijani SSR
 36 
Max Black
(Philosopher)
Max Black
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Birthdate: February 24, 1909
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Died: August 27, 1988
 37 
Aisel
(Singer)
Aisel
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
 38 
Parviz Abdullayev
(Kickboxer)
Parviz Abdullayev
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aghdam, Azerbaijan SSR, USSR
 39 
Eldar Gasimov
(Singer)
Eldar Gasimov
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
 40 
Albert Selimov
(Russian Former Amateur Boxer)
Albert Selimov
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kaspiysk, Dagestan, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
 41 
Arkadij Naiditsch
(Azerbaijani Chess Player)
Arkadij Naiditsch
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
 42 
Mirza Fatali Akhundov
(Writer and Philisopher)
Mirza Fatali Akhundov
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Birthdate: July 12, 1812
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shaki, Azerbaijan
Died: March 9, 1878

Iranian Azerbaijani author and philosopher Mirza Fatali Akhundov was the first literary critic and realist writer from his country. He developed the Azerbaijani alphabets and script. The 19th-century author is also remembered as the pioneer of atheism and nationalism in his country. He also criticized Islam and other religions.

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Diana Hajiyeva
(Azerbaijani Singer and Songwriter)
Diana Hajiyeva
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mariupol, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
 44 
Ekaterina Ryabova
(Figure skater)
Ekaterina Ryabova
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 27, 2003
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
 45 
Safura Alizadeh
(Singer)
Safura Alizadeh
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
 46 
Hovhannes Baghramian
(Soviet Military Leader & Theoretician)
Hovhannes Baghramian
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 2, 1897
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Russian Empire
Died: September 21, 1982

Ivan Khristoforovich Bagramyan, also known as Hovhannes Baghramian, was a Marshal of the Soviet Union. Born in Yelizavetpol , present-day Azerbaijan, he grew up to be one of the finest military commanders of the Soviet army during World War II and later joined the Communist Party, too.

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Sahiba Gafarova
(Azerbaijani Politician and the Speaker of the National Assembly)
Sahiba Gafarova
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Birthdate: March 19, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shamkhor, Azerbaijan SSR, USSR

Sahiba Gafarova is a Azerbaijani politician and professor. She is currently serving as the Speaker of the National Assembly. Since 2004, Sahiba Gafarova has been an important member of the New Azerbaijan Party.  

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Zamira Hajiyeva
(Jahangir Hajiyev's wife)
Zamira Hajiyeva
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Azerbaijan
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Magomedrasul Majidov
(Boxer)
Magomedrasul Majidov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Akushinsky, Dagestan, Russia
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Khurshidbanu Natavan
(One of the Best Lyrical Poets in Azerbaijan's History)
Khurshidbanu Natavan
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 6, 1832
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Shusha
Died: October 2, 1897

Khurshidbanu Natavan was an Azerbaijani poet and philanthropist. Regarded as one of the most prominent lyrical poets of Azerbaijan, Natavan was best known for her lyrical ghazals. Also a well-known philanthropist, Khurshidbanu Natavan worked towards promoting the cultural and social development of Karabakh. She is credited with building an aqueduct, which relieved the townsfolk of their water problem.