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Chronicle of Deacon Zak‘aria of K`anak`er

[Zak`areay Sarkawagi Patmagrut`iwn]

Series: Armenian Studies Series. 6
Availability: Out of stock
Published: 2004
Page #: xii + 358
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 1-56859-121-7
bibliography, glossary, index

Quick Overview

Deacon Zak‘aria (1627-ca. 1699) was a native of K‘anak‘er, who lived and wrote in the great monastery of Hovhannavank‘ in the K‘asagh region of the Khanate of Erevan (eastern Armenia).

The Chronicle is written in the spoken dialect of the Erevan region mixed with the late classical and vernacular Armenian and abounds with Persian and Turkish words. Books I-II describe the political and socioeconomic condition in Transcaucasia, Anatolia, and eastern Georgia, beginning with the reign of Shah ‘Abbas the Great and ending with the first part of the reign of Shah Soltan Hosein. They also detail the Persian-Ottoman wars of the first half of the seventeenth century. Furthermore, the policy of the Muslim khans, who ruled over the khanate of Erevan throughout the seventeenth century, is covered in depth. An important part of the Chronicle concentrates on the Armenian Church and the major controversies at the Holy See of Ejmiatsin during the second half of the seventeenth century. Book III covers the history and kondak (cartulary) of Hovhannavank‘.

The Chronicle is an important primary source on the history of Persia (Iran), the Ottoman Empire, Georgia, and historic Armenia at the height of the three great Muslim empires: the Safavid, the Ottoman, and the Moghul. This is the first English translation of the Chronicle.

author

George A. Bournoutian

George A. Bournoutian is Professor of East European and Middle Eastern Studies at Iona College, New York. He has taught Iranian history at UCLA and Armenian History at Columbia University, New York University, University of Connecticut, Tufts University, Rutgers University, Ramapo College, and Glendale Community College. He is the author of 30 books, including The Khanate of Erevan Under Qajar Rule and From Tabriz to St. Petersburg: Iran’s Mission of Apology to Russia in 1829. His translations of primary sources such as The Chronicle of Abraham of Crete; Abraham of Erevan’s History of the Wars: 1721-1738 and documents such as Armenians and Russia, A Documentary Record, 1626-1796, Russia and the Armenians of Transcaucasia, A Documentary Record, 1797-1889, and A History of Qarabagh have received laudatory reviews in TLS, BSOAS and other important publications. Professor Bournoutian is a member of the Society for Iranian Studies and a member of the Society for Armenian Studies. He is also a frequent contributor to encyclopedias, various scholarly journals, and collections. His work has been cited in major publications and he is considered a world authority on the history of the South Caucasus in the Modem Period (1400-1900). Professor Bournoutian was born in Isfahan and grew up in Iran. He received his High school diploma from the well-known Andisheh (Don Bosco) institution in Tehran. His B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. are from UCLA. He is fluent in Armenian, Persian, Russian, and Polish and has a reading command of French. His A Concise History of the Armenian People is considered the best source in English and has been translated into Spanish, Turkish, Arabic, Armenian, Russian and Japanese.

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