Abkhaz أبخاز

Traditional and ancient name of today’s Georgia. In Islamic History works, the area has also been known as Jurjan . It remained under Muslim occupation and influence for several centuries. It was first brought under Islamic influence during the time of `Umar ibn al-Khattab when Muslim rule was established in its eastern part, with headquarters in Tiblisi, then a part of Armenia. Bukayr ibn `Abdullah had led the army to Tiblisi. Today the population of Muslims in Georgia is about 10%, i.e. about half a million. Recently, a Georgian Mayor, Jack Ellis, raised as Christian, embraced Islam.