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Iran and the Caucasus
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.146
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ISSN (Print) 1609-8498 - ISSN (Online) 1573-384X
Published by Brill Academic Publishers Homepage  [225 journals]
  • Preliminary Material
    • Authors: Editors Iran; the Caucasus
      Abstract: Source: Volume 22, Issue 3, pp A - A
      PubDate: 2018-09-25T00:00:00Z
  • The Lčašen Culture and its Archaeological Landscape
    • Authors: Manuel Castelluccia
      First page: 215
      Abstract: Source: Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 215 - 231During the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age the lands around the Lake Sevan basin witnessed the emergence of a distinctive local culture, marked by characteristic burial practices, abundant metalwork and varied pottery production generally called the “Lčašen Culture”. It was named after the numerous finds from the village of Lčašen, but its features are spread throughout the lake basin also seen in neighbouring regions. Its intriguing nature has attracted the attention of numerous scholars, and different interpretations, as well as definitions, have been proposed. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the main archaeological features of the Lčašen Culture, with particular reference to its landscape archaeology, burials and material culture.
      PubDate: 2018-09-25T00:00:00Z
  • Astral and their Ambiguity: The Case of Mithridates’ Comets
    • Authors: Antonio Panaino
      First page: 232
      Abstract: Source: Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 232 - 256The present article deals with the methodological treatment of the problems connected with the interpretation of a series of astral omina concerning the political life of the Pontus king Mithridates VI Eupator (about 120-63 B.C.), as referred to by Classical authors like Pompeus Trogus (via the Epitomae of Justinus, XXXVII, 2, 1-3) or Seneca (Naturales Quaestiones VII, 15, 2). If some scholars have tried to find the explanation of these events invoking some presumed Iranian religious patterns, this study shows that in reality these attempts are completely groundless, not only with direct reference to the properly Zoroastrian sources, but also to the more complex and pertinent astrological literature. The political use and abuse of these astral events for propaganda needs can be better framed without assuming a pseudo-Iranian favourable vision of the comets or of the falling stars. More reasonably, Mithridates VI, having lived between different cultures, knew well the Mazdean hostile tradition, which considered all these unpredictable celestial bodies as demons, not only and simply for a superstitious hostility, but according to a clearly framed theological interpretation of the world and of its cosmology.
      PubDate: 2018-09-25T00:00:00Z
  • Noah and the Serpent
    • Authors: Peter Nicolaus
      First page: 257
      Abstract: Source: Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 257 - 273The Prophet Noah is not a predominant figure within the Yezidi mythology, and so it should come as no particular surprise that he is often absent from the Yezidi sacred hymns. This peculiarity seems easily explained by the Yezidi cosmogonic myth, which places the emergence of Yezidis as a separate and wholly distinct occurrence from the genesis of the rest of humanity. Hence, a mythical catastrophe reducing mankind to merely one family would certainly contradict said cosmogony. And yet, the tale of “Noah and the Serpent” somehow finds itself recounted within every Yezidi community. The present paper will demonstrate that this veneration of Noah is a remnant of an essential Gnostic myth and has the makings of a Wandersage—containing elements of Central Asian beliefs and Mesopotamian mythology,—which is not only widely attested among the Muslim and Christian neighbours of the Yezidis in Northern Iraq but narrated throughout Asia Minor, Central Asia, as well as South-eastern and Eastern Europe.
      PubDate: 2018-09-25T00:00:00Z
  • The Memory of Light: The Persian Concept of
    • Authors: Magdalena Rodziewicz
      First page: 274
      Abstract: Source: Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 274 - 285The article is devoted to the Persian concept of āberū, which in contemporary Persian expresses the meanings of ‘good reputation’, ‘good social image’, and ‘honour’ that a man possesses in the eyes of others. This concept, fundamental to the Persian culture, can be studied from multiple perspectives—linguistic, sociological, religious, or ethical. However, the present article’s main objective is to draw attention to the parallelism between the concept of āberū and the idea of light and luminosity. The author attempts to reconstruct the ‘memory’ of this concept by analysing the etymology of the term āberū, its semantics and selected contexts of its use in the classical Persian texts.
      PubDate: 2018-09-25T00:00:00Z
  • Bezeichnungen von Wurfwaffen im Iranischen. II. Iranica mutuata. III.
    • Authors: David B. Buyaner
      First page: 286
      Abstract: Source: Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 286 - 296The rare Pahlavi word “sling” with New Indian gophan “id.”, but this proposal was neglected by scholars, as was often the case with Horn’s ideas. In the present paper, Horn’s suggestion is rehabilitated with some corrections: the spelling of Pahlavi
      PubDate: 2018-09-25T00:00:00Z
  • On *--> -- and *--> -- in Western New Iranian
    • Authors: Garnik Asatrian; Gohar Hakobian
      First page: 297
      Abstract: Source: Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 297 - 307The *-d-> -l- and *-š-> -l- changes in New Iranian are usually regarded as Eastern Iranian phonetic features. However, a thorough study of the Western New Iranian lexicon, particularly that of the dialects located geographically at a great distance from Eastern Iranian linguistic domain, unveiled a considerable number of lexemes, definitely genuine forms, with the same characteristics. The paper presents a comprehensive corpus of all lexical units in WNIran. in which these phonetic peculiarities are manifested.
      PubDate: 2018-09-25T00:00:00Z
  • Justice and Development Party’s Understanding of Democracy and
           Democratisation: Cultural Relativism and the Construction of the West as
           the ‘Other’
    • Authors: Birgül Demirtaş
      First page: 308
      Abstract: Source: Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 308 - 323The perception of Turkey as a model of attractive country in the region has started to change in the recent years. In the first decade of the JDP rule Turkey was seen as an emerging power with its strong economy, improving democracy and inspiring foreign policy. However, the developments since the Arab Uprisings in the neighbourhood, Gezi movement at home, end of the Kurdish peace process, as well as coup attempt and subsequent de-democratisation harmed the soft power of Turkey. This study argues that the JDP’s understanding of democracy and democratisation has been full of flaws from the very beginning of its rule. The Turkish example shows that countries can experience subsequent processes of de-democratisation and de-democratisation if governing parties did not endogenise the basic norms of democracy. Therefore, it is argued that the reverse wave of de-democratisation characterises Turkey more than the “selective” processes of democratisation. It is also argued that JDP elite via its discourse has been constructing the West as the ‘Other’.
      PubDate: 2018-09-25T00:00:00Z
  • On Religious Issues in Contemporary Azerbaijan
    • Authors: Ronen A. Cohen; Olga Petrova
      First page: 324
      Abstract: Source: Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 324 - 335The structural tensions that exist in the religious dynamics between Shi‘its and Sunnis in Azerbaijan Republic has led the country’s government to establish a new institution to monitor and supervise the religious issues. This article not only aims to surface the tensions between the “State Committee for Religious Affairs” and the informal religious institutions, but also to show if the secular image of the Azerbaijani State has been affected by this tensions.
      PubDate: 2018-09-25T00:00:00Z
  • Book Reviews
    • Authors: Editors Iran; the Caucasus
      First page: 337
      Abstract: Source: Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 337 - 340
      PubDate: 2018-09-25T00:00:00Z
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