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Mamedova Farida Jafar gizi
Place of Birth Ali-Bayramli, Azerbaijan Republic   
Date of Birth 08 August 1936 
Education Azerbaijan State University, historical 
Scientific degree Doctor of Historical Sciences
Title Professor
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History of the Fatherland

“History of the Albanians” by Moses Kalankatuyski as a source on the social order of Caucasian Albania

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History of the Fatherland

Political history and historical geography of Caucasian Albania

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30 June 2001

History of the Fatherland

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Number of patents and certificates of authorship 7
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Basic scientific achievements Farida Mammadova as an expert on primary source studies, Textologist and Caucasologist historian:

- The social structure of, the genesis of feudalism (it’s institutions) in Caucasian Albania – the first historical Azerbaijani state;

- For the first time has proven the independency of, hereditariness and continuity between rulers;

- Established the territorial boundaries of the state in it’s 1000-year history (5

th BC – VIII century) by working out 6 maps;

- The development of Albanian cultural-historical traditions in V-VIII centuries;

- The emergence of the Apostolic Autocephalous (independent) church of Albania;

After being elected a correspondent member of the ANAS in 2002, Farida Mammadova did work on the “Caucasian Albania and Albanians” fundamental monograph.  The monograph, which is of 51 print paper volume, published in 2005, did consist of the revised and completed texts of the previous two monographs published in 1977 and 1986, and new researches illuminating on the novel peculiarities of the history of Caucasian Albania.Below mentioned concepts have first been discovered and proven in this monograph:-  In XII-XIX centuries, there was an Albanian literary-historical tradition; XII-XIII centuries did form the age of Albanian Renaissance, the centre of which was Ganja, the city, which enriched the world with Muslim Renaissance representatives such as Nizami and Mehseti; as well as David Alavik, Mkhitar Gosh, Kirakos from Ganja, Gregory the Albanian and other figures of Albanian Renaissance;

-  Despite the Armenian edition, the self-awareness of Albanian authors makes itself clear from the texts of sources, headings of works;

-  From 1836 onwards, the Armenian church, in order to embrace Albanian ethno-cultural legacy, did conduct the translation of Albanian literature into Armenian, and also it’s careful revision in line with the demands of Armenian historiography;

-  The comparative analysis of political and religious realities of Albania and Armenia, substantiates the view that, Armenian could not have been a lingua franca neither in Albania nor between Caucasian nations;

-  From XII century onwards, Turkish served this function;

-  For the first time the emergence of Albanian ethnos and factors influenced it were reflected upon;

-  During the Arab domination period of VIII-IX centuries and the second half of XIX century after Russian annexation of Caucasia, in the process of changing and denationalization of Albanians, they mostly accepted Islam, and were Turkified, a very small portion was Armenified and Georgianised;

-  Forging a new vision of Albanian Kingdom of Cilicia is a scholarly novelty in itself.  Hetumi dynasty, the members of which, were refugees from Ganja, did found the Kingdom;

-  That was another blow on the Armenian history, masterfully based on fabrication, as according to the claims of Armenian historians Cilicia were purported to be an Armenian state;

-  The existence of the ancient Jewish and Nazareth settlements did explain the early inception of Christianity in Albania. This is also a novelty, as it suggests the genetic link between Albanian church and the church of Jerusalem and discredits the Armenian concept that the Albanian church had been subordinated to the Armenian church since ancient times.

-  The analysis of the problem of “Albanians and ethnogenesis of Azerbaijani people” is a new step in science. The three powerful ethno-cultural segments with fundamental characteristics of their own, namely Caucasian-speaking (Albanian), Iranian-speaking (Median, Kurdish, Tat, Talish) and Turkophone elements did form Azerbaijani people (Azerbaijanis). The monograph sheds a light upon the dramatic process of moulding of Albanian-speaking, Turkophone, and Iranian-speaking groups into the one ethnos in Azerbaijani territory from ancient times till XX century;

-  The studies of eparchies of the Armenian Church, Armenian knyaz families, the determination of their territorial identity are the new contributions to the field. Armenian eparchies and knyaz families were outside the Caucasian territory, namely in Eastern Anatolia, from which it emerges Armenians had been inhabiting in Caucasua till XIX century;

-  Farida Mammadova’s new vision on the existing views as to the territorial scope of the Armenian plain, completion of research to this effect and her thesis on the clear determination of it’s [Armenian plain’s] realm do, on the whole, constitute a novelty as well.  Outlining of the genuine borders of it enables to formulate a clear-cut vision of the geography of Armenian provinces as well as states existing in Near East, Eastern Anatolia and Southern Caucasus. Armenian historians do extend the boundaries of the Armenian plateau eastwards uniting it with Eastern Caucasia, so as to historically substantiate the creation of the Soviet Armenian polity in old Azerbaijani lands. In the same vein, Armenian historians went on creating the artificial Ararat plain and Ararat at the centre of the Armenian plateau and adding 5 Armenian capitals into the area;

- In her monograph, Farida Mammadova succeeds in proving that those 5 Armenian capitals were not in Western Azerbaijan or in the vicinity of Erivan but in Eastern Anatolia, in the centre of Armenia plateau;

- The monograph ends with the chapter titled “Albanian roots of the Karabakh problem”. The creators of Armenian nation’s history have long been contenting that Karabakh-Artsakh is an Armenian territory, and it’s population must be considered Armenian ethnically, religiously and culturally. The research shows that Karabakh has never been a part or a political-administrative unit of Armenian states that were created outside Caucasus, in Minor Asia and  Eastern Anatolia. Karabakh populace did consist of Albanians, Turks and Kurds. A 2000-year old Albanian culture became an integral part of Azerbaijani, Daghestani, and, to an extent, Georgian peoples’ cultures.

- “Caucasian Albania and Albanians” is a new scientific thesis, proving the political, ethnic and cultural absence of Armenians in the Caucasian and Azerbaijani history.

In 2002, the new book of Robert Hewsen, a researcher of Armenian origin, “Armenia: a history”, was published. The author contends that the “Greater Armenia” did exist earlier than the 1st century BC, from ancient times till XX century. There are 267 maps in the book; the Greater Armenia is shown as stretching from the Euphrates to the western shores of the Caspian Sea. All Armenian scholars were involved in the preparation of this Atlas.

The Armenian thesis dominates in all scientific journals of the world. Farida Mamadova has destroyed the old Armenian concept as well as the new thesis propagated by Hewsen. It is not the purpose of her work to exclaim some spontaneous and artificial patriotic feelings but to ensure the victory of a genuine scholarship as well as Azerbaijani scholarship, since it is paramount to convince the world community of incoherency as well as baselessness of the Armenian thesis.

It has become obvious that Farida Mamadova’s work does discredit some Armenian-induced thoughts that paved their way to Azerbaijani scholarship, as some Azerbaijani scholars happen to approve of the Armenian concept (for instance, Naila Velikhanli)

It is noteworthy that, the scientific points put forward by Farida Mammadova, has so far not been repudiated by any foreign scholar.

Azerbaijani diplomats extensively refer to Farida Mammadova’s reliable research during Karabakh negotiations at all levels.

From 1989 to our days, Farida Mammadova has participated in conferences taken place in Germany (thrice), England (thrice), France (thrice), Turkey (thrice) as well as in Sweden, US, Finland, Austria, successfully arguing that, Albanology is quintessentially a part of Azerbaijani scholarship and there is only Azerbaijani Albanology; Zengezur and Karabakh are historical Azerbaijani lands and that the legacy of Albanian ethnos does exclusively belong to Azerbaijani and Daghestani people.

In 2001, Farida Mammadova was appointed a head of the Caucasian Albania’s Research Centre. She has prepared 3 Albanolog scholars.

While successfully combining her research with a pedagogical activity at universities, Farida Mammadova was a main scientific organiser at and participant of 6 international conferences dedicated to the Albanology in Azerbaijan, it’s self-awareness and variables. The last conference on “Religions in Caucasia”, attended by Farida Mammadova, was taken place in London, in March 2014. Farida Mammadova’s research, her published works (including 5 monographs and 113 articles) were received a high appraisal in US, England, France, Germany,Russia, Poland, amongst others from authorities including Kate Hitchens, C. Dowset, Bernard Utie, I.M. Dyakonov, B.A. Livshis, Z.N. Aleksidze, M. Gibbert and other foreign scholars.
Names of scientific works 1. “History of the Albanians” by Moses Kalankatuyski as a on the social order of Caucasian Albania. Baku 1977;

2. Political history and historical geography of the Caucasian Albania. Baku 1986.

3. Historical geography of Azerbaijan. (collection of monographs). Baku 1988.

4. The Political history and historical geography of Azerbaijan. Baku 1993.

5. Christianity in Caucasian Albania. Baku 2003.

6. Caucasian Albania and the Albanians. Baku 2008.
Membership with international and foreign scientific organizations  
Pedagogical activity 1978 – Azerbaijan State University, Azerbaijan Pedagogical University;

1997-98 – University of “Khazar”;

1998 – 2001 Western University, Lecturer and Head of the Department of Humanitarian Sciences

2006 -    National Aviation Academy, Head of the Department of Humanitarian Sciences
Other activities

The organizer of the six international conferences and member of 26 international conferences. Directorofthe Caucasian Alban

Awarding and prizes 1. Honoured Scientist,

2. Laureate of the State Prize of Azerbaijan Republic,

3. Order of Glory,

4. Golden Pen.
Main place of work and its address

Azerbaijan National Aviation Academy, 25th kilometer, Bina, Baku, AZ1045, 

Institute of History named after A.Bakikhanov, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, Huseyn Javid Avenue 31, Baku, AZ1143

Position Head of the Department of Social Discipline, National Aviation Academy, Head of the Department of History of Geography, Institute of History, ANAS
Office phone (+994 12) 4972600,

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