Chapter 18. Armenophobia in textbooks
A textbook is a book that systematically lays down fundamental knowledge in a specific
domain at the current level of the scientific and cultural achievements and represents the
main and leading type of academic literature.
A school textbook plays an important role in securing the personal and intellectual
development of students. The ultimate mission of a textbook is to aid the shaping of a
personal attitude of the student to the course of study.
The education underlies the raising of future generations and communication of accumulated
ancestral knowledge. In the modern world, where the system of education is overall
standardized and controlled by the state, its function consists not only in counteracting
illiteracy, but also in instilling and indoctrinating the values and ideologies intrinsic to the
society in question.
In this context, the study of didactic materials gives an insight into the ideological constituent
of the society and a rough forecast of its future.
Following the attainment of independence, the Azerbaijani textbooks draw both domestic
and international criticism. Most of the critical voices raised domestically refer to errors,
typos, inaccurate translation, etc.
Yana Madatova, journalist: Not only parents do sound the alarm, but also
specialists in linguistics, pedagogues and independent experts. Thus, Aydin Aslanov,
an associate professor at the Chair of Social Disciplines of the Baku Institute for
Advanced Training and Retraining for Teachers, stated that the history textbooks for
secondary schools in the Azerbaijani and Russian languages teemed with semantic,
scientific and technical errors. < …> I could understand if this was limited to textbooks
in Russian as today, the language, as it were, is no longer native. But after all, the
textbooks in the Azerbaijani also contain colossal blunders!
Slava Sapunov, the editor-in-chief of the Boutique Travel magazine: Misprints,
awkward bombast, clumsy style and sometimes unabashed misinformation.
Milana Zhuchkova, journalist: There have been many reports about the poor work
of proofreaders in compiling the national textbooks; sometimes it is about a huge
number of grammar errors, sometimes it is about missing words and sometimes it is
about impossibility of solving a math problem because figures are misprinted. There
are many other examples of malpractice in the work of educational professionals.
The reputation of the domestic products has long been marred, with children laughing at the errors of intelligent adults, and it is very sad when schoolchildren
think they have the right to consider themselves smarter than the specialists who
have compiled the textbook. As I recently ploughed the social networks, I stumbled
across a very interesting photograph from a page of a literature textbook for the 7th
grade indicating the lifespan of L. N. Tolstoy as 1928-1910. The photograph sported
a commentary: "Only in our textbooks, the great Russian writer died before he was
However, if blunders of grammar and style are acknowledged by the compilers (scholars,
pedagogues, Ministry of Education) and can be corrected, the ideological constituent of the
academic literature remains unchanged as testified by the authors themselves.
The author of the History textbook for the 10th grade, which portrays Armenians
as "the eternal enemies" of the Azerbaijanis, the department head of the History
of Slavic Countries of the Baku State University, Tofik Veliyev acknowledges that
he used "negative language" but in his opinion "it was necessary to tell the truth".
"These phrases give an accurate picture of Armenians", thinks Veliyev.
It can be claimed that the educational process in Azerbaijan is made contingent on the
ideology that cultivates armenophobia.
Arif Yunusov, conflictologist, in his publication entitled The myths and the images of the
'enemy' in historical science and in the history textbooks of the independent Azerbaijan
notes that "amid the Karabakh conflict, the schoolbooks in Azerbaijan had the mission of
"breeding patriots who know how to distinguish friend from foe and are prepared to take
part in another conflict if need be".
Arif Yunusov: The image of the 'enemy' is formed starting from the textbook for
the fifth grade, i.e. since the very first year of teaching the subject of history. It is
true that it is still not a textbook on the history of Azerbaijan; it is called Fatherland
('Ana yurdu'), but written in a very emotional way, especially pronounced in the
description of Azerbaijan's confrontation with "others", much more so when dealing
with the subject of its "historical" enemies.
Incidentally, one of the central if not the principal points covered in the textbook
refers to sacrificing oneself in the name and for the benefit of the motherland. Thus,
in the section entitled "Those Who Live For The Motherland Elevate It", only a small
portion is dedicated to the figures of culture and art. The narrative mostly covers
heroes (Babek, Kerogly and Shah Ismail) who dedicate their lives to the motherland
fighting in the name of its independence.
According to Yunusov, the patriotic education holds a significant place in the Azerbaijani
textbooks and directly ensues from the doctrine of "fighting the enemies", represented by
the Armenians, as well as the willingness to sacrifice own lives for the motherland and in
the "heroic struggle" against the enemies.
In subsequent sections of the textbook, its authors pay increasing attention to
Armenians who begin to be perceived as "the main infidels clad in black". Also, a
variety of negative epithets ("bandits", "aggressors", "perfidious", "hypocritical"
etc.) are used in respect of the Armenians. It were the "perfidious" Armenians who
helped Russia in conquering Azerbaijan, it was the result of the "insurrection of
Armenian bandits" in Karabakh in 1920 that the main forces of the Azerbaijani army
were pulled back from the northern borders, a chance that was exploited by the
11th Red Army which invaded Azerbaijan. Thus, the "black-clad infidels" once again
committed their black deed". In the final part of the textbook, its authors decisively
shape the image of the enemy represented by Armenians who have waged for
centuries a struggle against the Azerbaijani people and continue to do so in our days:
"Armenians, the black-clad infidels and their patrons resort to every treacherous and
base scheme to weaken and isolate our state".
In what follows, the Turkic origin of some persons is constantly underscored. The
authors get so carried away with their love for Turkization that they contrive to make
preposterous and absurd statements: In 337, the Albanian ruler Sanatruk (Sanaturk
of Turkic origin, according to the version advanced by the authors of the textbook)
led a campaign against Armenia and "protected the local Turkic population from
the encroachments of the Christian preachers!" In the following year, the Armenian
military leader, Vache Mamikonyan, launched a retaliation campaign against
Albania and defeated Sanatruk's army. However, the pupils who read about this
event will find out that the Armenian military leader Mamikonyan was actually
of ... Turkic rather than Armenian origin. And, in general, Turkic people played a
prominent role in spreading and strengthening Christianity in Armenia! This means
we have an absurd picture: First, Turkic people spread Christianity in Armenia. In
response to that, another Turk from the territory of Albania leads an incursion into
Armenia in order to protect the local Turkic people from Christians. This is followed
by a retaliation campaign by another Turk, but a Christian this time, who defeated
the army of a non-Christian Turk!
Aleko Partsvaniya, journalist, notes: "Peacefulness and tolerance are other characteristic
features of Azerbaijanis. Here, people do not like aggression and resort to it in very rare
cases. With one exception. The name of this exception is Armenia. Armenia is hated. They
do so with all their heart and their entire state. I do not know all the details of the story
with Karabakh and I do not think that most of the Azerbaijanis do, but Armenia is hated for
Karabakh. They are taught to hate Armenia from the primary classes. I won't be surprised
if the situation is similar in Armenia, but here things can get ridiculous. In Baku it is even
impossible to find the CDs of a Western group, if any of their performers is of Armenian
In April 2012, at the session of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly held in Baku, during
the meeting of the Committee on Social Affairs, Education and Culture, the question of the
Azerbaijani textbooks was brought up for discussion. The Armenian deputy, Aram Safaryan
asked: "Is it true that your schools and textbooks contain propaganda of hostility and hatred
to Armenians?" To that, the Minister of Education, Misir Mardanov[a] replied: "There is a vast
chasm between our societies. And today's event is a step towards bridging this chasm. I
don't know what is written in your books, and you don't know what is written in our books.
Therefore, it is hardly possible to find an answer to this question in a single day or during a
single event. Questions of this nature call for very serious studies by specialists".
Fatherland, textbook for the 5th grade:
... It was 1945. In January, fierce fighting
raged on the Baltic shore near the city of Mitawa. As before, the brigade of the
General H. Aslanov was in the vanguard. The victory over the enemy was drawing
near with every new day, and it seemed that the tankmen of the courageous general
will be the first to enter Berlin - the den of fascism. This was the situation on January
24, 1945 as the heroic son of our people who had gone through the horrors of
Stalingrad, through the hell of the Battle of Kursk, General Hazi Aslanov died under
obscure circumstances. Who knows, maybe in revealing the circumstances of this
death, another case of base Armenian perfidy and treachery will be unearthed?
The website Musаvаt.соm conducted a survey among scholars, pedagogues, psychologists
and deputies on the subject of "whether the Azerbaijani textbooks contain propaganda
of hatred against Armenians". Venerable respondents did not refute the presence of
armenophobia and set about expatiating upon the question why armenophobia became
reflected in the academic literature".
Tahir Ibragimov, a teacher of history with a service record of 25 years, considers
that textbooks reflect the truth about Armenians. In his opinion, with a war going on
between the two peoples, it is impossible to create a positive image of the enemy.
"Children must have real information about their history. Facts about Armenians
may not be distorted. Besides, by the age the children are given these classes, they
already possess information about the real deeds of Armenians. In our textbooks,
we cannot write the opposite".
T. Ibragimov also believes that textbooks do not contain any denigration of Armenians,
but report true facts: "If these facts make Armenians uneasy, let them change their
nature. We may not raise our children in lies just to please them. Presently, there
are thousands of pupils whose parents are refuges from Karabakh. They know what
Armenians did long before their history classes. Why should we deceive them?"
The dualist approach taken by the psychologist Elmira Qasimzadeh is worthy of a note. On the one hand, she believes that "a textbook should not be turned into an instrument of
vengeance" and "instead, attention must be paid to forming historical thinking in pupils. The
textbooks must contain essential points enabling to assess one's country and motherland
correctly. I wouldn't like our patriotism to be measured in the extent of our hatred". On
the other hand, she says the following: "In our textbooks, I never saw any appeals to kill
Armenians or the ideas that Armenians are our enemies. My own child goes to school.
Indeed, children are well-informed of the wrongdoings perpetrated by Armenians from
television and books. How can we conceal from children the tragedies of January 20, Khojaly
and the occupation of our lands?[b] Or, children must learn the whole truth about the history
through a factual language: you can't teach children a false history".
A pupil of the 11th grade, Hasan Nagizadeh, expressed his full agreement with both the
author of the textbook and its content.
The author is Azerbaijani. Of course, he intends to arouse enmity. This is how it
should be", said he. "They definitely don't want to prepare us for peace. We don't
need peace. Armenians have committed a multitude of bloody crimes against us.
The peace would mean disrespect to those who fell in this war.
With reference to the above, we offer the reader a few extracts from the Teacher's guide
on patriotic education of preschool and schoolchildren and Teacher's guide for the patriotic
education of children.
Developed by: Scientific and Methodological Department of the Republican Children's
Library after F. Kocharli and the Methodological Department of the Central Library
after S. Vurgun.
Approved by: The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan Baku
Explanatory note: The guides suggest specific scenarios and recommended words
and phrases to be pronounced by the facilitators; besides, the Methodological Guide
recommends this training for children starting from the age of 3.
The first facilitator: Our lands must not remain shahidsb! Our grandfathers protected
this land from the enemies not to be now sacrificed to the calamity of the century,
the Armeniandom! The tombstones of the Turkic sons in the Shahids' Lane are not
lined up so that some Russian soldier could say: "Don't be so anguished, your leaders
have sold Karabakh long ago".
The second facilitator: If the motherland becomes shahid (see above), what can we
reply to the infant held in his mother's embrace on the square and crying "better death than retreat"?
No, the son of Turk, no! You won't let your land become shahid! Let us swear an
oath, all those who have Turkic blood running through their veins, let us swear an
oath that even if this world turns upside down, the enemy hands will be cut off from
our land! Let us swear an oath that we will avenge every single drop of blood spilled
by our shahids and turned into the tears of the earth. Let us swear that our oath will
not be like our other vows. Let us swear this oath!
* * *
"To raise the children in a patriotic spirit and to form their civic stand, it is
recommended to hold disputes.
The questions of the dispute must be as follows:
–Who are Armenians, and what is our civic duty?"
Foreword to the storybook Hale for high school students:
My young friend!
Hey, the Azerbaijani offspring of an ancient and powerful Turkic nation!
A piece of
your treasure named Azerbaijan, starting from the mahal of Aghbaba to the region
of Aghdam moans under the heel of a nation that has declared you an eternal
historical enemy, a nation that has no future, whose morality is dead, who has
all kinds of mixed waste running through its veins, a spiteful and scorned nation.
You have confronted face to face such a loathsome foe who shuns no savagery,
baseness, abomination, barbarity, hypocrisy, slander and evil, who lives and nurtures
hopes of creating on a territory where he doesn't have a single inch of historical
lands a state named Great Armenia extending from the Black to the Caspian Sea.
On his way, the foe spilled the Turkic blood, but was never sated. At times, he feigned
friendship and gaining our trust revealed his relentless enmity. Laughing us in the
face, he prepared a pitfall for us by choosing the way of treachery and treason. Always
abusing our kind-heartedness, friendship, fidelity to neighbors and generosity, in a
word, our love of fellow men, the enemy turned it into a weapon against us, repaid
good with evil by laying bare his treacherous nature. At the earliest opportunity
they drew their daggers to stab in the back those who had given them refuge, food,
drink, protection extending them a helping hand. Armenians turned us into innocent
victims of the policy of ethnic cleansings. We fell victims to genocide.
This restless nation with the satanic blood running through their veins has committed
against us countless acts of terror.
They wagged their tails before the Russian Empire which had always kept us under
occupation, and they relied on its power and protection. As a rule, they would succeed in isolating and excluding us. For 200 years, the Russian Empire kept our
hands tied and urged the Armenians to strike at us.
Armenians took full advantage of this and turned the treachery into a national trait
by overstepping the boundaries of unbridled insolence.
At every step, they showed aggression against us and seized parts of our sacred
land. And they chose the city of Irevan as their capital which was previously our
Arif Yunusov, the Azerbaijani political analyst and journalist, wrote that the war in Karabakh
called for the role models of independence fighters and national heroes. This resulted
in a great number of publications dedicated to the champions of the motherland rather
than figures of culture. Incidentally, almost all of them proved to fight primarily against
Armenians, as well as against Russia and Iran. It is Armenia (and Armenians) joined by
Russia and Iran that are portrayed at an ever increasing rate as the "enemies" of Azerbaijan
and its independence. Even when publications did not concern Karabakh, but referred to
the reprisals in the Soviet Union in the time of Stalin, in that case too, the Armenian origin
of investigators was heavily emphasized.
In the paragraph entitled Kitabi Dede Korkut: the Historical Chronicle of Our
Fatherland, the authors again couldn't refrain from armenophobic accent in their
loose interpretation of the original text of the epic common for all Turkic people,
In the context of indoctrinating armenophobia, some researchers point out to the warping
of historical facts to accommodate the needs of the moment:
a) exacerbate the negative image of Armenians (as well as Russians and
b) furnish proof of the "indigenous character of the Turks in Caucasus" and the
"ecdemic character of Armenians";
c) attempt abdicating responsibility for the bloodshed in the late 20th century
by putting the blame on Armenians.
Some extracts from Azerbaijani textbooks:
Ancient history 6th grade. Section II Ancient world Chapter II Ancient East § Ancient
Sumerians Part 1
Question № 4: When and wherefrom did the Turkic speaking people Sumerians arrive in
Correct answer: In 7th-6th millennium B.C. from Central Asia and Altai foothills.[d]
Question № 12: Who and when invented the cuneiform writing system?
Correct answer: Turkic-speakingb Sumerians in Western Asia in the 3rd millennium B.C.[e]
Question № 13: What peoples borrowed the cuneiform writing system?
Correct answer: Akkadians, Babylonians and Assyrians
History of Azerbaijan 6th grade. Section II First tribal unions and states on the territory of
Azerbaijan §13 Iskits (Scythian) Culture Part 2.
Question № 9: What is the origin of Iskits, Cimmerians and Sakaes?
Correct answer: Turkic
History of Azerbaijan 6th grade. Section I. Primitive communal system in Azerbaijan. §1. The
first human dwellings on the territory of Azerbaijan.
Question: When did the first human bands appear in Azerbaijan?
Correct answer: 1.5 million years ago.
Question: What sources make the first mention of the ancient Azerbaijani tribes?
Correct answer: Sumerian legends and cuneiform inscriptions.
History of Azerbaijan 6th grade. Section IV Ancient Azerbaijani states Albania
Question: When was the independent Albanian state established?
Correct answer: Late 4th century - early 3rd century B.C.
Question: How far did the borders of Albania extend?
Correct answer: Albania bordered on the Caucasus Mountains in the north, Atropatene in
the south, Iberia in the northwest and Western Asia in the southwest (!).
History of Middle Ages 7th grade Section I. Countries of the world in the early Мiddle Аge
(emergence of feudal relationships) Chapter 1. Peoples of China, Iran and Caucasus §3.
Peoples of the Caucasus Part 1.
Question: № 5: What states existed in the South Caucasus in the early Мiddle Age?
Correct answer: Albania, Lazica and Karli[f]
Question: № 9: After what developments did Albania win back its historical lands?
Correct answer: Ликвидации армянского царстваDevastation of the Armenian kingdom[g]
Question: №15: Who was Sanaturk[h] and what did he struggle for?
Correct answer: Sanaturk was the ruler of Paytakaran province who combated the spread
of Christianity in favor of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Albania.
History of Azerbaijan 7th grade Section III Fall of Arab Caliphate and revival of Azerbaijani
statehood Chapter III Azerbaijani Culture §31 Our people's struggle against "Gyavurs clad in
black" as portrayed in the epic (Dede Korkut) Part 1.
Question: № 1: What events does the epos illustrate most vividly?
Correct answer: The struggle of the Oghuz brave men against Armenian and Georgian
invaders and their guiding hand, the Byzantine Empire.
Section 1. States of the world in the 11th-15th centuries. Chapter IV Caucasus and peoples
of Western Europe §9 Caucasian peoples Part 4.
Question: № 16: What Azerbaijani cities did the Georgian King George III invade in 1173 and
Correct answer: Ani and Debil (Dvin)[i]
The Azerbaijani History textbook for 7th grade swarms with allegations that the ancient
Albania (purportedly ancient Azerbaijan) also suffered aggression from Armenians,
although "the people and rulers of Albania stretched a helping hand to them in hard times".
Meanwhile, Armenians spread Christianity in Albania that "was not rooted there" and in the
guise of the religion allegedly seized the "Azerbaijani lands" under the wing of the Byzantine
Empire. "However, Albania did not become a Christian country", but rather adopted Islam
in the 7th century; it is precisely the Turkic people that wages a war against Armenians and
their Christian patrons.
Training manual for 9th grade students Biology: Human Biology: Laboratory Work
Approved at the session (March 27, 2003) of Biology Panel of the Scientific and Methodical
Commission, Ministry of Education of the Azerbaijani Republic. The authors intended "...to
impart theoretical knowledge and nurture patriotic individuals through practical activities
(laboratory works, tests, math problems, crossword puzzles)".
Section Characteristics of Locomotor System, exercise: "Who can say the approximate
number of the disabled people who lost their limbs in the Karabakh war?"
Exercise: Find out the reason! In times of the Nagorno-Karabakh war, several young people
aged 20 or 21 threw themselves from a high cliff in an attempt to divert the enemy's
attention. Despite of the treatment, they are disabled now. Many of them cannot move
their lower limbs, and some suffer enuresis. Explain the reason!"
Section Brief Information on Blood and Hematopoietic System, problem: "During the
Nagorno-Karabakh events of 1992, a group of people (children, teenagers, pregnant women
and elderly people), fled from the enemy as fast as their legs could carry them into the
forests, mountains and valleys. Indicate approximately the heart rate of those people and
explain the underlying cause".
Section Brief Information on Respiratory System, problem: "When Azerbaijanis were
banished from Zangezur, every second of them suffered health deterioration and needed
artificial ventilation. Some of them perished, and some survived. Explain the reason
underlying the state of those people".
A textbook for the 9th grade notes that in order to foil the expansionist plans of the Russian
tsar Peter the Great (Peter I), the Azerbaijanis (Shia and Sunni) supposedly turned to
Ottoman Turks [j] for help in an attempt to unite themselves with their brothers in religion
and language. Again, Armenians allegedly prevented this from happening: "Armenians, as
the henchmen of the tsarism, maintained direct contacts with Russia and pledged their
help in conquering the Southern Caucasus, including other regions of Azerbaijan".
A textbook for the 10th grade expatiates upon the issue of the Armenian repatriation in
the 19th century: "The creation of the Armenian state under the Russian patronage as well
as the resettlement of Armenians from Iran and Turkey on the lands invaded by Russia
was no coincidence, but a logical outcome of the relationships between Armenians and
The blame for the conflict between Armenians and Tatars of 1905-1906 is placed on the
"Dashnaktsutyun party and the Armenian bands". Led by Dashnaks, Armenians "purportedly
cherished vain dreams of creating the Great Armenia". Although, despite the fact that "the
Azerbaijanis were very humane and trusting, they could, nevertheless, inflict on Armenians
The Armenian pogroms of March 1918 in Baku are covered in a textbook on the history of
Azerbaijan for the 11th grade in a chapter entitled The Azerbaijani genocide. Here, the "naive
and humane Azerbaijanis" oppose Armenians allied with the soviet (earlier: tsarist) troops. If in the soviet period this event was portrayed as a symbol of the joint struggle of workers
of all nationalities against the reactionary Azerbaijani nationalists, now these events are
depicted otherwise: as the Azerbaijani genocide. The underpinnings of this change can be
traced back to the presidential decree by Heydar Aliyev dated March 26, 1998 declaring
March 31 as the Azerbaijani "genocide memorial day".
To make things look even more convincing, the authors of the textbook quote at the end of
the chapter the words of Mammad Amin Rasulzadeh, one of the leaders of the Azerbaijani
Democratic Republic, with reference to these events by adding a note of their own: "M. A.
Rasulzadeh characterized the genocide of 1918 as a national and political factor". However,
prior to the official decree by Heydar Aliyev, nobody referred to these events as genocide.
Also, this term does not appear in Rasulzadeh's original quote about these bloody events.
In 2011, the Department of Strategic Analysis, Planning and Human Resources Management
of the Azerbaijan's Ministry of Education held an examination for applicants who sought to
fill 223 job openings for the positions of history teachers in the schools of the country. 761
persons took part in the examination. The applicants could obtain a score ranging from
4-5 to 16-17 points (!) with a minimum passing score of 35. In explaining their failure, the
participants made reference to the "complexity" of the questions. The examinees had to
answer 35 questions within 1 hour of the exam that started at 9 a.m.
Against this background, the picture described in an article by Turan information agency
seems to be a common occurrence: "A lecturer at one of the Azerbaijan's universities
relished in a rapturous and vivid account of how he would strangle barehanded even a little
Armenian child without the slightest remorse". The lecturer in question taught the theory
of radio journalism and simultaneously worked on AZTV radio station.
"With this lecturer, all criticism was met with a single airtight argument: "How can you
criticize our president when we face such a problem for the entire country: Armenians? We
must focus on that", says the article.
Aydin Aslanov, a candidate of Historical Sciences, associate professor at the Chair of Social
Disciplines of the Baku Institute for Advanced Training and Retraining for Teachers, in his
turn, laments that the history textbook in its account of the "Azerbaijani genocide of 1918
in Baku" says that the Armenians walked over the corpses (of the Azerbaijanis). The Russian
translation says: "They walked over pipes"a. "You can't do that", complains Aslanov.
It was the same Aslanov who stated with reference to the errors and blunders in the
Azerbaijani textbooks: "We should always indicate in our textbooks that we are an ancient
indigenous people of Caucasus which later changed our language into Turkic and became
Muslims renouncing our fire worship. We are local and not ecdemic. We must take pride in
the fact that our ancestor Moisey Kalankatuyski built the first Christian church in the Orient, in the village of Kish of Sheki region.[k] Somehow, we avoid speaking about our church dating
back to the 1st century B.C.
The new tendencies of the historical science of Azerbaijan have also drawn the attention of
Russian authors. An article entitled Unearthing the Truth, or Who and Why Overwrites the
History published on the Voice of Russia website pays a special attention to the absurdities
appearing in Azerbaijani textbooks. The article notes that the analysis of 187 CIS-published
textbooks conducted by a group of Russian historians has revealed that except for Belarus
and Armenia, schools teach a nationalist version of history based on myths of indigeneity,
the ancestral land, the linguistic succession, glorious forefathers, ethnic homogeneity and
the arch enemy.
The authors of the report Coverage of general history of Russia and post-soviet nations in
the school History textbooks of newly independent states, A. A. Danilov and A. V. Filippov
write the following:
"The reasoning behind the antiquity of the national history can reach ridiculous
proportions. < …> The ancestors of Azerbaijanis are made out to be the contemporaries
of Sumerians: "The first written accounts of the tribes of the ancient Azerbaijan are
given in Sumerian epics and cuneiform writings". Heralding the ancient Azerbaijanis
as Sumerian contemporaries seeks to shore the allegations that the modern Armenia
came into being on the territory of the ancient Western Azerbaijan.
The exemption from the scientific rigor opened ample opportunities for blending
entirely diverging concepts. A part of the soviet historians claimed that the ethnogenesis
of the Azerbaijanis originally occurred on the Turkic basis with contributions from
Persian-speaking and Caucasian tribes; later, the ethnic composition progressively
became homogeneous and entirely Turkic. Another group of scholars claimed that
the ancestors of the Azerbaijanis might speak varying languages in different periods
of time, yet undergoing no ethnic changes. The Turkic language rooted itself in as
late as the X-XI centuries, but the Turkic people themselves were assimilated by
the local population. Both concepts were united in their alignment to the theory of
indigenous origin, but were divided in their treatment of the language as the basis
of a unified culture.
In this sense, the authors of the modern Azerbaijani textbooks saw no problems
whatsoever: "The formation of the Turkic people of Azerbaijan resulted from the
amalgamation of Turkic ethnic groups known under different names, such as Azeri,
Gargars, Albans, Huns, Khazars, Sabirs, Oghuz and others, which populated this
vast territory from the antiquity and migrated there on regular basis". However, it is
known for sure that the most ancient of the listed tribes - Azeris and Albans - have nothing to do with the Turkic people. To this, the authors produce the following
answer. "According to historical legend, approximately in the 2nd century B.C. Albania
was ruled by Aran... Because of the ruler's mild character, he was given a nickname
Agu (good, kind), and the country came to be known as Aguan (Albania). It is clear
that both the name and nickname of Albania's first ruler are of ancient Turkic
origin". Thus, both concepts of the Azerbaijani ethnogenesis have been mechanically
fused together which allowed addressing the antiquity problem, the linguistic
unity problem as well as the problem of uninterrupted ethnogenesis and culture.
The only drawback of this truly brilliant scheme is that it is anti-scientific through
and through. But on the other hand, it allows substantiating a point of paramount
importance: "The modern Armenia came into being on the territory of the ancient
In this context, threats of obliterating Armenia and Armenians as well as the claims to the
Western Azerbaijan which are voiced in various venues invoking the common Islamic factor
come across as quite natural.
I have always supported the idea that the Karabakh problem should be made
international, that it should be incorporated into the common Islamic problem so
that Azerbaijan could lean upon general Islamic support in addressing the problem
and ending definitively the Armenian occupation and the consequences of its
They were brought there by the tsarist empire in the aftermath of wars with Turkey
and Iran in the 19th century. Therefore, this issue, the problem of the Armenian
occupation of the Azerbaijani lands including Nagorno-Karabakh and adjacent
regions of Azerbaijan must be resolved drastically. < …>
As a matter of fact, I believe that Armenia as a state has no place in the South
Caucasus. It was artificially created and exists on the territory of our Azerbaijani
khanate of Irevan. And the khanate of Irevan must be restored as an integral part of
the great Azerbaijan < …>.
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[a] In April 2013, he was removed from office.
[b] These events are interpreted differently in Azerbaijan and in Armenia.
[c] About Sumerian [Electronic resource] http://euskara.narod.ru/sumer/system.html
[d] The history of Sumerians has no record of the Altai Mountains. As for the homeland, they considered the homeland of all the people the high mountains of
the Dilmun Island. The reasons that made them leave the mountains are still unknown. [Electronic resource] http://historic.ru/books/item/f00/s00/z0000016/st021.shtml
[e] Turkic people represent an ethno-linguistic community that developed on the territory of Altai and the steppes of Asia in the 1st millennium BC. The
question how they could have invented the cuneiform writing system on the other side of the continent 2 thousands of years prior to their own origin remains
[f] Referred precisely as Кarli in the textbook.
[g] While the list of the neighbors of the ancient Azerbaijan (Question №5) fails to include the Armenian kingdom, yet, Albania later devastates this nonexistent
[h] The king was actually called SanaTRUK and not Sanaturk. A simple reversal of letters metamorphosed the Arshakid king Sanatruk into a proud spawn of
the nomadic tribes from Altai.
[i] Ani is the capital of the ancient Armenian Kingdom of Ani; Dvin is the capital of the Medieval Armenia.
[j] The textbook makes no mention of the agreement between the Shiite and Christian populations of Karabakh dated March 20, 1724.
[k] Even if we assume that Movses Kaghankatvatsi was indeed an ancient Azerbaijani, which in itself is rather dubious, there is no way he could have built "the
first church in the 1st century B.C." before the birth of Christ.