The city of Nakhchivan was mentioned firstly in Ptolemaios's "Geography" as Naksuana and said to be established in 4400 A.D. Being involved in empires, sultanate, and khanate the name of Nakhchivan was altered many times. Some of these names are: Nakshi jahan, Nuh chikhan (the place where Noah landed), and etc. The word Nakhchivan was differently presented in early sources: Naksuana in Greek, Nakhch in Pehlevi, Nakhchuan in Arabic. In some Turkish sources Nakhchivan was presented as Nagshijahan. The city name was presented as Nakhch in the Pehlevi language on the coins minted in the name of Sasany emperor on VI century. In the Persian sources the city name was given as Nakhjir. Nashawa, Naqshi-Jahan. Some state that he word Nakhchivan is of Turkish origin meaning the motherland of Akhchivan-Nakhchivan Oghuz braves.


Some researchers associate the name Nakhchivan with Big Flooding -Noah legend. The recent researches try to prove that the word Nakhchivan is an ethno toponims relating with the name of the ancient local kin (nakh, nakhch). According to Z.Yampolskiy who was dealing with the tribes lived in the Caucasus, the word van is in the Midian language, and it means settlement places of the ancient Azerbaijani tribes. Thats the word Nakhchivan means the settlement of nakhch (nakhche) tribes. Before Milad (Christ) actually in the VII century in the territory of Iran on other side of the Mountain Zagros existed Midia. Despite of so many ideas were put forward by different researchers about relation of legend about Noah and Word Flooding the truth is that Nakhchivan the name of area is closely associated with Prophet Noah and Legend of World Flooding otherwise the name of Nakhchivan could be something different.


Let us see what is said about the world typhoon by the world scientists. The world scientists have for a long time been thinking whether the legend about the world typhoon was true and is there a relation between the Noah and the name of area called Nakhchivan. At last the excavations carried out in Mesopotamia gave answer to this question. During excavation it became clear that on the IV era before our age there had really been a big flooding in Mesopotamia. As we reminded there are different opinions about relation between Big Flood, Prophet Noah and its association with the name of Nakhchivan city. Some researchers think that the emergence of human beings and their activity is much older than this legend. (it is true) the flooding that happened in Mesopotamia during V-IV eras before our age (B. D.) did not cover Azerbaijan and the history of this legend goes to some 7-6 thousand years back. The human society was originated 2.5 3 million years ago (it is true). But they forget that: Noah's legend does not mean that before big Flood there did not exist any civilization in the world. This legend only describe that the beginning of new civilization after big flood started from this area. 1. It is true that Excavation made in Mesopotomia but not in Nakhchivan. 2. But In Mesopotomia there is not a place called Noah Jahan. 3. What made our ancestors to giving the name of prophet Noah to Nakhchivan- Noah Jahan. Also the world archeological updates indicate that.


The archaeological excavations performed in our country Azerbaijan had proved that the first human settlements had been in Azerbaijan 1.5 million years ago and since that time Azerbaijan had been included into anthropogenic zone. The stoned jaw bones belonging to the primeval humans found in Azikh cave is considered the oldest finding in the world. The existence of the legend of Noah in Koran and Bible the epics Gilgamush and Gamigaya rock writings at the nearby of worship places which is located on the highest peak of the Small Caucasus, Gapijig peak, 3907 meter from the sea level (in Nakhchivan AR and in the territory of Ordubad district) is quiet relevant to reality. Despite of these existing arguments there still exists a legend that Noah is a historical personality and his grave is in Nakhchivan. K. A. Nikitins article Nakhchivan province and Nakhchivan city somehow caused the spread out of the likely ideas among the researchers. Later, B. Kangarlis painting work Noahs grave had also reinforced these ideas. Gamigaya traceries are one of the valuable archeological monuments. Gamigaya rock drawings reflect religion of primitive people , their religion, ideology, a myth and way of living Let us look at some other sources as we mentioned about Holly books KORAN and BIBLE and epics of Gilgamush.



Nakhchivan is the most ancient part of Azerbaijan with its centuries old history and rich material cultural monuments. The neolith periods local sedentary population lived there, and was occupied with different household and art. About 80 000 years ago, in the Stone Age, the initial period of the humankind, the favorable geographical situation of Nakhchivan allowed the primitive people - our great-grandfathers - to settle in these territories. In the Stone Age, the primitive human beings - our great-grandfathers - laid settlements in the charmingly beautiful and naturally wealthy river valleys, mountains slopes, Junnut foothills, Kilid, Dashgala, Armammad, Gazma and other carse caves in Nakhchivan. The traces of the Stone Age culture in Nakhchivan were found out in Batabat pasture in Shahbuz region, on the environs of the old settlement of Ikinji Kultepe (Second Kultepe) in Nakhchivan River valley, in the environ rocky shelters of the sacred place of Armammad in Alinja River valley, and in the Gazma cave near Tananam village in Sharur. The ancient Nakhchivan Kins Union established wide economic and cultural relationships with Near Eastern countries. The lion typed paste beads and colored dishes patterns of Urmia, Mesopotamia, Egypt and other origins found in Gizilburun settlement and necropolis, Ikinci Kultepe (Second Kultepe) and other monuments are the main evidences. As a result of maintaining the economic-cultural relationship, the population of the Nakhchivan district got closely acquainted with the early urban culture of the shumers. Nakhchivan had a specific role in foundation and development of early urban culture in Near East. Nakhchivan city, one of the cultural centers of the East, was founded at the first half of the second century on the basis of such strong local economic and cultural grounds. The first written information about Nakhchivan was given in Greek geographer Claudius Ptolemys scientific work Geography. Informing that Nakhchivan existed as a city before Christ, he wrote: Naksuana is the center of large Vaspuragan. Naksuana is a part of the country comprising of 37 different parts. The researches prove that Nakhchivan was included into the above-mentioned province only during the Arabic invasion, and the city had nothing to do with Vaspuragan.


In the first half of the VII century, Nakhchivan was exposed to the Byzantine emperor Iraklis attack. In 654 the Arabic ameer Habib Ibn Maslama occupied Nakhchivan. The city was included into the third emirate of the caliphate because of its administrative features. In this period, some revolutions took place against the feudal violence and the enslavement by the foreigners. In early IX century, the Khurremiler movement started against the Arabs. And Nakhchivan was one of the supporting points and military camps of the Kurramiler. In IX-X centuries, Nakhchivan entered the Sajiler and Salariler governments. In the middle XI c, the Seljug sultans (emperors) governed in Nakhchivan. In 1064, during the reign of the Seljug sultan Toghruls heir Alp Arslan, other states in the Azerbaijani territory were made safe, and therefore he was given the name Abulfath. Alp Arslan left Nakhchivan leaving his son Malikshah and vizier Nizam ul-Mulku in his place. In 1092, after Malikshahs death, the Seljug Empire was divided into several independent states. Despite the fact, Nakhchivan city depended on the Seljug sultanate for some time.



Authorities In 1136, Atabeyler, actually Eldenizler period took start with the governance of Shemseddin Eldeniz, an heir of Seljug states in Ganja. In the middle XII c, Nakhchivan entered the territory of Eldenizler state. At that time Nakhchivan became the leading trade and art center of Atabeyler state. From late 1300s to 1175 Nakhchivan was the capital of the country. Nakhchivan was the city of economic and military importance. Nakhchivan, the first and leading residence of Eldenizler state, was sufficiently developed at that time. The worthy monuments castles, palaces, mosques, tombs and so on were built in Nakhchivan. During the reign of Muhammed Jahan Pahlavan, his wife Zahide was the head of the government. The state treasure was kept in Alinja castle. The French traveler Wilhelm De Rubric, who visited Nakhchivan, stated that Nakhchivan was the capital of a huge country before the Mongolian invasion, and was big and beautiful city. In 1221, the troops of Chingiz khan attacked the city and most part of the city was destroyed. In 1225, after the Mongolian invasion Nakhchivan became the dominion of Jalaleddin Mangiburi son of the Kharezmshah Muhammed. But the city exposed to more danger during the Mongolian invasion. During the reign of Hulaku khan, the Turkmen who came Nakhchivan merged with the Turks who lived there from the old times. In the second half of XIV, after Elkhanilers invasion, Chobaniler, Jujiler, Jelariler and Muzefferiler invaded Nakhchivan. In 1386, Teymurlang brought its troops to Nakhchivan. This invasion imposed great damages to economy and culture of Nakhchivan. In XY century, during the reign of Garaqoyunlular, Nakhchivan became more developed. Nakhchivan in Sefevi period In XII century the spontaneous sufi-derwish sect was founded in the territories occupied by Mongols. Late this century one of such kind of orders was in Ardabil city of Azerbaijan. The name of the order and sheikh dynasty is connected with the name of saint Sheikh Sefieddin Ardabili (1252-1334). The importance of Ardabil feudal governance increased. The Sefeviler controlled all laic and religious issues. The Sefevi sect was of completely politicl sence during the reign of Sheikh Juneyd (1447-1460). In 1501 the Sefevi got more political power after Sheikh Ismayil defeated the Aghgoyunlu troops in Nakhchivan. After the gizilbashlar get victory over Aghgoyunlular, Nakhchivan entered the governance of Sefevi. The main reason for Sefevi sheikh Shah Ismayil s getting more powerful is his rely on Turkish kin of Gizilbash. Unfortunately, there are plenty of events reflecting the conflicts between two Turkish states: Sefevi and Osmanli in our history. As an example we can cite the Chaldiran Struggle (1514). The situation went on until the foundation of Afshar dynasty. AFSHAR and GAJAR Period As obvious from its name, Nadir shah Afshar belongs to Kirlu branch of Afshar Turks. Having enthroned Tahmasib II in 1729, Nadir shah then got him away, and established the Afshar dynasty. In 1736, putting an end to Sefevi dynasty representatives formal administration method, declared himself as a shah (governor) of Iran. Nadir abolished all the former administrative divisions beylik (nobility). Chuxursad beylik was also taken away and included into a unit administrative division under the name Azerbaijan. During the reigns of Ahmed III and Mahmud I the consolidation of Azerbaijan territories with Osmanli territories was the leading policy of the government, however Russias claim on these territories and Nadir shahs successful activity prevented the Osmanli government to realize it. Then Gajars - another branch of Turkmen took the governance in Azerbaijan (1779).


After assassination of Nadir Afshar in 1747, about 20 independent feudal states - khanates emerged in Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani khanates were divided into two - northern and southern groups: In north: Shaki, Guba, Ganja, Darband, Nakhchivan, Talish, Shirvan, Irevan, Salyan, Garabagh and Javad khanates In south: Tabriz, Urmia, Ardabil, Khoy, Serab, Maku and Maraga. In the middle XVIII century, Heydargulu khan, the head of the Kangarli kin, declared himself the khan of Nakhchivan. The khanate covered the territory from Zangazur Mountains to valleys of the Araks River. Nakhchivan khanate comprised of Nakhchivan, Sharur, Ordubad, Mehri, Gafan and other provinces. In 1787, Kalbali khan became the khan of Nakhchivan. During the khanate period, Nakhchivan revived a little bit more. During the first Russia-Iran war (1805-1813), Nakhchivan khanate was under the dominion of Iran, according to Gulustan treaties. In 1827, during the second Russia-Iran war (1826-1828), Russian troops occupied Nakhchivan. Nakhchivan khanates joining Russia by force ended with Turkmenchay treaties between Russia and Iran in 1828. In 1841, Nakhchivan became the gaza (another type of administration) center. Its territory joined Georgia-Imeretiya province in 1841, and then Irevan province that was under governance of Azerbaijanis in 1850. The settlement of Armenians in Nakhchivan took start after the Russian governance in the territory, as it was in other parts of Azerbaijan as well. According the policy pursued by Tsar Russia, in 1828, the Armenians transferred from South Azerbaijan, Tabriz and environs, and in 1829-1830 forms Arzurum and environs and settled in Nakhchivan and Irevan districts of Azerbaijan. Since 1905, the Armenians had exposed the Azerbaijani people to massacre in Nakhchivan, as they did in many other parts of Azerbaijan. Since 1917, the Armenians laid claims to Nakhchivan territories.


After the February bourgeois revolution in 1917, the Baku Caucasian Muslims Congress was held on April 15, and after the hard discussions, the decision on foundation of local Federation was made. On May 28, 1918 the Azerbaijani People Republic was declared and Turkey immediately recognized the government. In summer, 1917, the local authorities of the provisional government were established in Nakhchivan province. In early 1918, the armed forces of the Armenian dashnags committed massacres in Nakhchivan. While Baku was under control of dashnags and esers, Nakhchivan National Committee may ask for real help only from Turkey. The Turkish troops under the leadership of Khalil bey came to Nakhchivans help. In November 1918, the Araks-Turkish Republic was established. The territory of the republic was 16 000 km2, with a million population, and Nakhchivan was the capital of the republic. Its territory included Nakhchivan, Sharur-Daralayaz, Ordubad gazas, and also Sardarabad (Irevan), Ulukhanli, Vedibasar, Gaamarli, Mehri and other regions. After the defeat of Turkey in the First World War, according to Mudros treaties, the Turkish troops had to leave Azerbaijan, as well as Nakhchivan. Because of the instable situation in Turkey, the Russians attempts to invade Baku, the oil and industrial center of the country, and the European states inability to see the Russian menace, the Russians occupied Azerbaijan on April 28, 1920.