Armenians in the Middle East

From marginalization to the everyday

Authored by: Tsolin Nalbantian

Routledge Handbook of Minorities in the Middle East

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138649040
eBook ISBN: 9781315626031
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Scholarly works on Armenians in the Middle East focus on the events and consequences of the Armenian Genocide considerably more than on Armenians’ economic, political, and social involvement in the Middle East. This chapter adds to the growing scholarship on that involvement and traces how Armenians’ senses of belonging and identities have shifted over time. While covering the Middle East as a whole, it will focus on Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and Turkey. It begins with a short historic introduction of the Armenian communities in the Ottoman Empire and its subsequent break up, and then examines how Armenians lived in the Middle East in the era of the nation-state.

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