Patrilineal genetic analysis of the origin of azaris of the Middle East

Vahid Rashidvash, (2013) Patrilineal genetic analysis of the origin of azaris of the Middle East. e-BANGI: Jurnal Sains Sosial dan Kemanusiaan, 8 (1). pp. 30-40. ISSN 1823-884x


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The origin of the Turkic-speaking population of the north-western provinces of Iran, the so-called Azaris, is the subject of long-year debate. Here, we present preliminary results on testing of several hypotheses concerning their origin: 1) the Azaris are the descendants of the Turkic ethnic groups migrated from Central Asia; 2) they have an autochthonous origins; 3) they are of Iranian origin; and 4) they have mixed ethnic origin with unknown proportions of source populations‟ contribution. The results show that Azaris have much weaker genetic affinity with the populations from Central Asia and the Caucasus than with their immediate geographic neighbours. Relying on these outcomes one can suggest that language replacement (change) with regard to Azaris occurred through “elite dominance” mechanism rather than “demic diffusion” model.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Iranian people, Azaris, Language of Azari people, Genetic Origin, Language Change (Replacement)
Journal:e-Bangi ; Jurnal Sains Sosial dan Kemanusiaan
ID Code:7904
Deposited By: ms aida -
Deposited On:08 Nov 2014 08:40
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