Azerbaijan’s Academy of Sciences Plans to ‘Rewrite’ Azeri History

A part of the Georgian monastic complex of David Gareja


BAKU—Azerbaijan’s Academy of Sciences is planning to rewrite the history of Azerbaijan, laying new territorial claims on Armenia and Georgia.

Director of the Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences and Member of Parliament Yagub Mahmudov told APA news agency that Azeri history has been falsified by Soviet historians and need to be rewritten to reflect Azerbaijan’s “real” history.

Mahmudov says that Nakhijevan, Artsakh, and Yerevan are parts of “ancient Azerbaijan.” Mahmudov says that these claims are unknown because Azerbaijan’s history has been “forged” since the Gulistan and Turkmenchay agreements.

In his interview Yagub Mahmudov has also touched upon the history of Dagestan. “No one can deny that Derbent is an Azerbaijani city as Dagestan has been founded on Azerbaijani lands. How can you forget it? It is possible that some will get offended, however we will rewrite the history of Azerbaijan during the Soviet period,” the historian said.

Mahmudov also expressed his opinion about the native peoples that exist in Azerbaijani controlled territories – such as the Lezgins and Talysh. The Azeri academic said he had no praises for Lezgins because, according to him, during the Second World War many of them took the side of the Nazis.

The historian did not neglect to also speak about the Georgian monastery complex of David Gareji (called “Keshik Dag” by Azeris). He claims that the monastery is an “ancient Albanian chapel” and that claims of ownership by Georgians is “misguided.”

“Georgia claims that the territory up to Shamakhi is Georgian. If Georgians continue to impose such requirements, Azerbaijan, in its turn, will claim that Tbilisi has been a Muslim emirate,” Mahmudov said. “It is necessary to ask Georgians: where have the residencies of the Emir of Tbilisi gone? Or, how can we see today the Mosque built by Shah Abbas on the river Kur? All these buildings have been razed to the ground, and we currently are studying this issue.”

The Georgian monastic complex of David Gareji is situated some 60 kilometers from Tbilisi, on the half-desert slopes of Mount Gareja at the Georgian-Azerbaijani border. A part of the complex lies on the Azeri side of the border, and the site has become subject to a border dispute between the two countries.

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  1. Hagopian hagopian said:

    Why not claim Chechnya and Anatolia while you’re at it claim the planet earth,better yet claim the Universe as being ancient azerbaijan and to top it all off claim the creator is an azeri.

  2. Sergik said:

    What is next? Azeris are going to claim Europe and US as part of Azerbaijan? I won’t be surprised.

  3. Arn.Sweden. said:

    The Kaspian Sea has its name from – KASKA – the Name of Georgia/Grusia in the 15th Century B.C,
    Buchara is an old Armenian town named after the forfather of the Armenian People – TOGARMA.
    The old State of KARMANIA to the East of the Caspian Sea is an old Armenian state.
    TASKENT is a Town named after (T)ASKEN(T)AS the forefather of the Gotic German Peoples stemming from KASKA(Grusia).

    Arn.Sweden.

  4. Armenian said:

    Unfortunately, there is such a thing of survival of the fittest. If the oppressive regime in Armenia continues to promote and encourage migration in Armenia via verbal proclamations and destructive policies, it’s very likely that the country will be emptied to the point that the Azeris can walk in and hoist their flags all over the country.

    Laugh now, but when the 55 families who control 45% of Armenia’s GDP will be left to divide the country up between themselves, then we’ll see how things play out against us.

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