AuthorSinclair, Thomas A.
SourceEncyclopaedia of Islam Online
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Ardahan is a town in the northeast of present-day Turkey, near the border with the Republic of Armenia. It lies on a rolling plain, at an altitude of about 1,900 metres. The town was the centre of an area known as Artani, within the territory of Tao-Klardjet‘i (Georgian). During the period of Arab rule in Georgia and Armenia (mid-first to mid-third/mid-seventh to mid-ninth century), Tao-Klardjet‘i became a principality under the Georgian branch of the Bagratid dynasty. Subsequently, the Byzantin...