The Armenians in the Medieval Islamic World

MAR 05, 2013 | 6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM



The Graduate Center
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March 05, 2013: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM







In the second of a three-volume work, Seta B. Dadoyan explores the Armenian condition from the 970s to the end of the 14th century. This period marked the gradual loss of semi-autonomy on the traditional mainland and the rise of Armenian power of diverging patterns in southeastern Asia Minor, north Syria, Cilicia, and Egypt.

Dadoyan’s premise is that if Armenians and Armenia have always been located in the Middle East and the Islamic world, then their history is also a natural part of that region and its peoples. She observes that the Armenian experience has been too complicated to be defined by simplistic constructs centered on the idea of a heroic, yet victimized nation. She notes that a certain politics of historical writing, supported by a culture of authority, has focused sharply on episodes and, in particular, on the genocide. For her sources, Dadoyan has used all available and relevant (primary and secondary) Armenian sources, as well as primary Arab texts and sources. This book will stimulate re-evaluation of the period and the re-conceptualization of Armenian and Middle Eastern histories.

Seta B. Dadoyan was formerly a professor at the American University of Beirut and served as visiting professor of Armenian studies at Columbia University and the University of Chicago. She is a specialist in Islamic-Armenian interaction from the seventh to the fourteenth centuries and has done pivotal work on developing criteria for understanding the cultural, political, and philosophical penetration of each group. She is the author of The Fatimid Armenians: Cultural and Political Interaction in the Middle East, as well as five other books and many papers.

Comments will be provided by Professor Samira Haj of the history program at the Graduate Center.