Bibi-Heybat Mosque

Today was my first time in a Shia Mosque. Iran greatly influences Azerbaijan, which has played a significant role in consolidating the country’s secular self-identification since independence in 1991. Though direct Iranian influence on Azerbaijani Shia groups belongs in the past, the region remains 60% Shia. Some of them covered us in makeshift abayas, told us to remove our shoes, and invited us into this beautiful mosque.

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