Moxoene (Armenian: Մոկք, Mokqʿ) was a province of old Armenia, today in Van province, Turkey, as well as a feudal familial name c. 400800, also known by the name Moghk or Mox, Moxq, Moxus, Moxos, Moks, Mukus, Miks, Mikus, sometimes Mekes, as Muksî or Muskî in Kurdish, today Bahçesaray in Turkish. The settlement was known in Roman times as Moxos, after the 8th century as Mokks or Moks, and after the 18th century as Mukus.

It was an ancient Armenian province, which was bounded on the south by a part of Assyria called Aruastan (Arowastan) by the Armenians.[1] It was governed by Armenian princes. Their descendants still reigned there in the tenth century.[1] The principality of Moxoene, along with Corduene and Zabdicene, is considered to be a Carduchian dynasty.[2]

Before the Armenian Genocide in 1915 the district contained sixty villages, forty of which were inhabited by Armenians.[3] Faqi Tayran, the Kurdish poet and writer, and Han Mahmud, the 19th-century Kurdish lord, were from this district.

Known rulers

Records are rather scant until the region was in the hands of Smbat Bagratuni c. 850.


  1. 1 2 Discoveries Among the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon - Page 358 by Sir Austen Henry Layard, Austin Henry Layard
  2. C. Toumanoff, Introduction to Christian Caucasian History II: Status and Dynasties of the Formative Period, Traditio, Vol. XVII, pp.1-107, 1961, Frodham University Press, New York. (see pp.31-32)
  3. New Monthly Magazine - page 446 by Thomas Campbell, Samuel Carter Hall, Edward Bulwer Lytton Lytton, Theodore Edward Hook, Thomas Hood, William Harrison Ainsworth

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