The chapters on the Iranian and Arabic sources present significant material on the Alans since Alania
proper was situated on the northwestern borders of Eranshahr (later ruled by the Abbasid caliphate) across the strategic passes of Darial and Darband in the greater Caucasus range.
Lying within Russia, it contains the republics of Chechnya, Kabardino-Balkaria, Alania
(North Ossetia), Dagestan, Karachay-Cherkessia, and Adygea.
the glorious story of that 10-3 aggregate thrashing of Alania
Vladikavkaz that gave Walter Smith's braves the key to this season's Champions' League.
Dynamo have some exciting attacking players in their ranks, including rising Russian national team star Aleksandr Kokorin, who is becoming a key part of Fabio Capello's new-look team and experienced German striker Kevin Kuranyi, scorer of both goals in a 2-0 victory at home to Alania
Vladikavkaz 15 earlier this month.
CSKA boss Valeriy Gazzaev is also looking for revenge after he was coach of Alania
Vladikavkaz when Rangers beat them 10-3 on aggregate in a Champions League qualifier eight years ago.
McLeish said: "Gazzaevwas in charge of Alania
Vladikavkaz when they played Rangers a few seasons ago.
It's a daunting task and Ibrox midfielder Derek McInnes, who bagged the club's first goal in Europe last season in the 3- 1 home win over Russian champs Alania
Vladikavkaz, knows the challenges his side face.
Smith, who hailed the midweek 7-2 win over Alania
Vladikavkaz as the best in his Ibrox management, stayed his usual cautious self.
Att: 12,611 Den Haag 1, Omonia Nicosia 0 (agg: 1-3); Aktobe 1 , Alania
Vladikavkaz 1 (Aet, 90mins 1-1, agg: 2-2; Alania
win 4-2 on pens); Hacken 2, Nacional 1 (agg: 2-4); Brondby 4, Ried 2 (agg: 4-4; Ried win away goals); Red Star Belgrade 7, Ventspils 0 (agg: 9-1); Dinamo Tbilisi 2, Reykjavik 0 (agg: 6-1).
Besiktas will play the first leg against Alania
at their home stadium in Istanbul.
Gazzayev was boss of Alania
Vladikavkaz in 1996 when the Light Blues inflicted a 10-3 aggregate defeat - including a 7-2 scoreline in Russia - in the UEFA Cup.
McInnes, whose goal levelled it in the Ibrox first leg before Gers roared to a 3-1 win, grew in stature with every passing minute of those clashes with Alania