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Travel Accounts of Simeon of Poland

(Simeon dpri Lehats‘woy Ughegrut`iwn)

Series: Armenian Studies Series. 10
Availability: In stock
Published: 2007
Page #: xiv + 372
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 1-56859-161-6, ISBN 13: 978-1-56859-161-2
bibliography, glossary, index, notes

 
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European travelers have left numerous accounts on the various provinces of the Ottoman Empire in the seventeenth century. Simeon’s Travel Accounts differs from all of these. His travels not only span an uninterrupted period of twelve years, but his accounts are also the most detailed on both the places he visited and the people he met. The book reads like a travel guide to the Armenian, Coptic, Syrian, Jewish and Muslim communities in the European, Anatolian, and Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire. Moreover, his information on the Armenians of Poland is extremely valuable, while his background and religion provide him with a very different perspective on his long stay in Rome and Venice. His information on the devastation caused by the Celalis throughout the Armenian communities in Anatolia is a major source for scholars. Simeon has left a meticulous description of the cities he visited, including Constantinople, Alexandria, Cairo, Jerusalem, Mush, Diarbekir, Kharpert, Tokat, Kayseri, Malatya, Sebastia, Izmir, Angora, Damascus, Aleppo, and Lvov. He provides practical information such as distances between towns, types of terrain, tolls, and detailed descriptions of Armenian and non-Armenian holy sites. He describes the people, places, and buildings, as well as local customs and traditions. Simeon’s Travel Accounts is certainly an important source on the history and geography of the Ottoman Empire in the early seventeenth century.

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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