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DOI: 10.46698/VNC.2021.13.6.006

OSSETIANS – CAVALIERS OF THE PERSIAN ORDER OF THE LION AND THE SUN

Marzoev, Islam-Bek T.
Kavkaz Forum. 2021. Issue 6.
Abstract:
The relevance of the study of the historical and cultural relations of the peoples
of Ossetia and Iran today is largely due to the historical development of the
relationship of these ethnic groups during the previous centuries and especially
intensified in the 19th – early 20th centuries.
The main attention in the work is paid to the analysis of published historical
sources and archival materials, which reflect the facts of awarding representatives
of the military intelligentsia of the Ossetian people with the Persian Order of the
Lion and the Sun.
The scientific novelty of the work lies in revealing the most comprehensive
information on the facts of awarding the Persian Order of the Lion and the Sun to
the representatives of Ossetia who took part in the formation of the foundations
of the Iranian regular army.
The purpose of this work was to synthesize materials obtained from published
historical sources and archival documents concerning the awarding of the Persian
Order of the Lion and the Sun to the representatives of Ossetia – servicemen of the
Russian Imperial Army.
To achieve this goal, we used general scientific methods of analysis and
synthesis: descriptive-narrative, historical-biographical, historical-comparative,
historical-typological and comparative-historical.
As a result of the study, the following conclusion is made: a number of
representatives of the Ossetian military intelligentsia in the 19th – early 20th
centuries for merits in the military field, were distinguished by the high award
of the Persian state – the Order of the Lion and the Sun. This speaks not only of
the socio-political relations, ethnocultural and economic ties that developed in
the indicated chronological period between representatives of the Ossetian and
Iranian peoples, but also of the contribution of Ossetians into the process of the
formation of a regular army of the Persian state.
Keywords: Russia, North Ossetia, Iran, military intelligentsia, politics, genealogy, faleristics
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