12:04.am.31.Jul.2003 Khazaria From: USA (Restored)
Norm: The Hazaras of Afghanistan are definitely not the same people as Khazars, nor are Hazaras Turkic. This is a case of a simple name similarity. Khazars aren't the same people as Huszars, Agathyrsoi, or Akatziroi, nor did they serve as Caesars in Rome, and their name isn't the origin of the Yiddish words khazer and khazerai nor the German word Ketzer. As far as the Bulgarian book on early Bulgar history, you have it backwards - the public is ill-served if you make it seem like everything there is factual without mentioning that there's a controversy over part of it, with some people claiming that some of its episodes are a modern fantasy and not attested elsewhere, while others think it is an accurate representation of real historical events. If you just add a statement like that on that pages dealing with "Djafgar tarikhy", then you can be objective without taking one side or another. Right now you are indirectly endorsing its accuracy. Besides, how do you know about the accuracy of Bakhshi Iman, the author of "Djafgar tarikhy"? You're mixing him up with Z. Z. Miftakhov, the compiler who used Iman's statements. Tell me what you know about the Tatar author Bakhshi Iman. The rest of Miftakhov's sources may be fine.