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Nvard Kochar and Alla Movsesian

origin of the Armenian ethnicity has been high- lighted in numerous scholarly publications. Many archaeological data corroborate the cultural continuity between the current and ancient populations of Armenia extending at least down to the period of early Iron Age. 1 In effect, the formation of the

Babak Rezvani

by many states and organisations. On the other hand, the horizontal ethno-territorial conflicts be- tween minorities within a given state, have not garnered as much atten- tion as they deserve. There might be many reasons and conditions that trigger such conflicts. This paper aims to discuss the

Murtazali Gadjiev

took effect in 544 A . D . , and aimed at strengthening the alliance of the two powers. 6 As was reported by a later author, Zahir ad-Din Mar ' ashi (died in 1487), the fortifications of Derbend were built by the city ruler and the Shah’s vicegerent Narseh b. Jamasp on Khosrow’s instructions 7

Markus Ritter

or less destructive to the region. The term Khanate used to designate this and other Muslim ruled territory in the South Caucasus, in effect, appears to reflect the Russian and later Armenian his- toriographical perspective of a marginal or non-affiliation with Iran. The term is also used in modern

Peter Nicolaus

fertility; and by its phallic appearance and its ability to swallow whole animals without biting off pieces it was considered symbolic of both reproductive organs. 43 The benevolent nature of the serpent was always well recognised in the Yezidi heartland, as in Mithraism the horizontally elongated snake 37