Rizvan HUSEYNOV


Rizvan Huseynov, Researcher at the Human Rights Institute, National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan (Baku, Azerbaijan).


A MEDIEVAL ARMENIAN SOURCE ON THE HISTORY OF THE CAUCASUS AS ANALYZED BY JEAN SAINT-MARTIN

ABSTRACT

This article is an attempt to clarify some of the remaining riddles in the history of the Christian peoples of the Central Caucasus using scholarly publications of European students of the Caucasus of the 18th and 19th centuries as the starting point. The author concentrates on the Christian princely families and the ruling Turkic dynasties that figured prominently in medieval Azerbaijan and Armenia; he relies on the very critical comments of European historians of ancient Armenian sources on the history of the Caucasus. According to European students of the Caucasus who spent much time studying certain medieval Armenian manuscripts that found their way to Europe, at least some of them cannot be treated as reliable historical sources. Today, much of what the European historians wrote at one time has been forgotten, giving way to numerous articles and books on the history of the Caucasus that cite historical sources of dubious provenance without taking the trouble to critically analyze them. The author attempts to remind the academic community of what European students of the Caucasus wrote some 200 or even 300 years ago regarding the extremely unreliable Armenian manuscripts.

Keywords: Christianity, Turks, the Caucasus, Azerbaijan, Armenia, historical sources.

Introduction

The Center for the History of the Caucasus at the Institute of Social and Political Studies AZER-GLOBE has produced a Russian translation of the second volume of Mémoires historiques et géographiques sur lArménie, suivis du texte Arménien de lhistoire des princes Orpélians written by.


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