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Abercromby, John / A trip through the eastern Caucasus
(1889)

A trip through the eastern Caucasus: chapter I: from Tiflis to Nukha,   pp. [1]-29


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28 A TRIP THROUGH THE EASTERN CAUCASUS. 
which possesses several dialects. In the last chapter 
the structure of a typical specimen of four of these 
groups, Kurin, Iiirkan, Kasikumuk, and Avar, together 
with Ud, Chechents, and Tush, all three of which lie 
beyond the limits of Daghestan, is succinctly presented 
to the reader curious in these matters. 
The natives of parts of Daghestan have been sub- 
jected to an infusion of freign blood well within the 
historical period, a fact which has possibly had some 
influence on their language. In the Derbend Adyeh,' 
p. 8, it is stated that in the time of Khosroes I. (A.D. 
531-579) the town of Ihran in Avarist.n was in- 
habited by a people called Luqan, though in the 
writer's time known as Taw-lezghi-8i (Lesgians of 
the mountains), who had been brought thither from 
Khurdsin. A vast multitude was also brought from 
Khashan and Ghildn in the north of Persia, and 
settled in Tabaseran as far as the mountain of Qumuq. 
In the country of Qaitagh (Kaitakh) were established 
the people named Zerehgheran (makers of coats of 
mail, in Persian), now called Kub6,chi. Mashkur 
and Miskinjeh in the province of Kuba, and Kureh, 
or the district of the Ktrins, were also peopled by 
tribes brought from Persia. A couple of hundred 
years later, about the year A.D. 753 (op. cit. pp. 116- 
125), Yezid, son of Asad, was sent by the Khalif as 
governor of Derbend. He brought seven thousand 
families from Syria and Masfil, and placed them in 
various fortresses along the wall. Men from Hams 
I Derbed N'imelt, translated with notes by Mirza A. Kazemn 
Beg. St. Petersburg, 1851. 


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