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Euro-Asian Jewish (EAJ) Policy Papers, No 40
The Jewish Communities of Azerbaijan: Identity in the Multicultural Society

Contemporary Azerbaijan Jewry includes three subethnic Jewish groups (Mountain, Georgian and Ashkenazi Jews) and thus demonstrate peculiar collective identity. This identity is a subject of close relationship with the state of birth, high level of Azeri language proficiency, as well as a strong sense of involvement into political processes within and around their home country and believe of belonging to its history.  Azerbaijani Jewry represents a model of peaceful coexistence in a multicultural society with a predominantly Muslim population. This provides good conditions for development of Jewish community life and a positive background for relations between Jerusalem and Baku.

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Ph.D. of Historical Sciences, Researcher at the Department of Israel and Jewish Communities of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, an expert at the Moscow Institute of the Middle East