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History of Vardapet Arak‘el of Tabriz, Volume II

(Patmut‘iwn Arak‘el Vardapeti Dawrizhets‘woy)

Series: Armenian Studies Series. 9
Availability: In stock
Published: 2006
Page #: xxii + 331
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 1-56859-190-X
bibliography, index

 
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The History or Book of Histories by Arak‘el of Tabriz is the most important seventeenth-century Armenian source on the history of Persia and Armenia. Volume II ends in the year 1668 and deals with the establishment of important monastic schools in Armenia, the list of prominent vardapets, the biographies and martyrdom of various Armenian clerics, the genealogy of the Ottoman and Safavid monarchs, the names and properties of gemstones, as welt as, various earthquakes and eclipses. An important part of Arak‘el’s work is the order of succession of the kat‘oghikoi and the appearance of numerous coadjutors at the Holy See of Ejmiatsin from 1441 to 1655. Arak‘el devotes two chapters to the Jewish communities living in the Persian and Ottoman Empires. The first deals with the Jews of Isfahan and other cities of Persia. The second concerns the unique messianic movement of Sabbatai Sevi, which took place in Izmir. One of the most important and lengthiest chapters is a chronology of significant events, which occurred in Armenia, Persia, and the Ottoman Empire from 561 to 1668. This, the first English translation of Arak‘el’s History, will enable students to better understand the history of Persia, Georgia, eastern Armenia, and the Ottoman Empire during a crucial period.

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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