Sumqayit did not have a mosque until after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In the 2010s, the city has emerged as a center for Salafism in Azerbaijan, a form of Sunni Islam that advocates a return to Islam’s earliest practices.
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Sumqayit (/ ˌ s uː m ɡ ɑː ˈ iː t /; Azerbaijani: Sumqayıt [sumgɑˈjɯt], also transliterated as Sumgait or Sumgayit) is the third-largest city in Azerbaijan, located near the Caspian Sea, about 31 kilometres (19 miles) away from the capital, Baku.