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Chechnya, historically the territory of the Chechens—who call themselves Nokhchi, or, together with the Ingush, Vainakh, “our people”—is situated between the main Caucasus range in the south and the Terek River in the north and includes various settlements and pastures north of the Terek (Illustration 1). It comprises mountains, foothills, and plains crossed by several tribut…

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Kemper, Michael, “Chechnya”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 14 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004225442, 2012, 2012-2

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