The idea of this book came after the presentation of Azeriсhild project which represented a
systematized compilation of works by Azerbaijani authors intended for children audiences
along with a series of examples of works created by children themselves, which gave a
clear demonstration of the gap between the real situation in the Azerbaijani society about
anything relating to Armenia and the declared tolerance for diversity of cultures and
Naturally enough, we tend to label this hatred as armenophobia often without full awareness
of the pivotal role it plays in shaping the ethnic identity of Azerbaijanis; such hatred
channeled against all that pertains to Armenia stands as the nemesis of their psychological
model and fuels the juxtaposition of us vs. them which is fraught with repercussions for
The large archive compiled by the authors of this book a) serves as a thesaurus for an
analysis of ongoing processes in the Azerbaijani society and b) allows building a temporal
perspective on three levels by covering the past history, current situation and expected
ramifications of the armenophobic policy pursued at the state level in Azerbaijan.
The book contains necessary factual evidence and theoretical premises that can be viewed
as illustrative of the psychological and social basis underpinning the processes that occur
in the Azerbaijani society and have some bearing on us. The chance to scrutinize online
the phenomenon of armenophobia in the social milieu of Azerbaijan facilitates the work of
specialists and becomes a continuous resource for analysis.
The authors are certainly far from the allegation that the Armenian society - if taken under
a rigorous scrutiny - will not display similar traits. However, it must be emphasized that
the scale and level of such propaganda defy all reasonable comparison in the first place.
The book provides overwhelming evidence attesting to a widespread armenophobia in
Azerbaijan and beyond its borders - orchestrated and inspired by the state while represented
by its existing political forces with the full approval and support of the intellectual elite and
the society as a whole. In this context, there is a blatant contradiction between the verbal
statements declaring commitment to certain values and a very specific line of action that
nullifies them. Secondly, the book aims exclusively to narrate facts without recourse to any
hasty conclusions, partial assessments or biased analysis.
It must be stressed that all examples included in the book are taken from Azerbaijani or
neutral sources. The limitations of this publication warrant the inclusion of only the most
typical and common manifestations of armenophobia in Azerbaijan. Besides, considering the frequent practice employed by the Azerbaijani media consisting in removal of materials
from original sources, the authors have prepared screen shots for all examples used in the
The book is intended for a wide audience, and does not exclusively target Armenian readers.
We address this book to the international community, the people of Azerbaijan and its
а также его духовным лидерам.
It is incumbent on us to warn that showing retaliatory xenophobia is inadmissible; therefore,
this book is not intended for use as a teaching material in schools and is not recommended
for highly sensitive readers.
And, of course, we wish to express our special gratitude to all those whose assistance and
support contributed to the publication of this book.
Armine Adibekyan, Head of
the Xenophobia Prevention Initiative NGO
Anzhela Elibegova, Candidate of Political Sciences,
expert on the geopolitics of the South Caucasus
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