Azerbaijan International

Spring 2005 (13.1)

Sofi Hamid

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Old marker with Arabic script. Note the indentions on the top surface of the grave; in the shape of an eight-pointed star; perhaps, representing the eight gates of Paradise in Islam, the symbol of the Wheel may represent the "cycle of life". There are numerous exacmples of five pointed stars which date to the Soviet period. This is in addition to the five-pointed star with crescent moon which is associated with Turkism and Islam.
Photo: Betty Blair

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