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The difference between the accent of Azeris from Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan is equivlant to the difference of accent between people from New York and Bostonwhich makes it clear that the language of the Azeris north of the Aras and south of the Aras is basically the same The language spoken in the region of northwestern Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan signifies that the people are of the same ethnic origin and that they are infact one people divided between political boundaries and influenced throughout the 18th 19th and 20th centuries by different countries and political ideologies Many pan-Iranists claim that Azerbaijanis are of the same stock as the Persians meaning Aryan and Indo-European and that they have been Turkified linguistically and not ethnically But if we observe the language culture and roots of the people of Azerbaijan both north and south we come to the conclusion that they are infact peoples seperate by race and language from the Persians who currently make up 51 of the population of Iran Azerbaijanis are descendants of the Oghuz Turks who migrated to the region of the Caucus mountains and the modern region of northwestern Iran in the 11th century from Central Asia Prior to their migration the area of Azerbaijan was first inhabited by the Medes who had settled there as early as 2500 BC and Caucasian Albanians who settled north of the Aras river in the present day Republic of Azerbaijan and was invaded by the Greeks and Arabs in the later centuries Other groups including Turkish peoples such as Huns and Khazars as well as non-Turks such as Assyrians Armenians and others had also passed through the present-day region of southnorth Azerbaijan prior to the mass migration of the Oghuz in the 11th century The Oghuz Turks who were composed of 24 tribes were part of the confederation of Seljuk Turks who ruled an empire in the Middle
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