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The 1,570th Anniversary of the Battle of Avarayr

This year marks the 1,570th anniversary of the Battle of Avarayr, which the Armenian Church commemorates every year with the Feasts of Sts. Ghevontiants and Vartanants on the Tuesday and Thursday preceding Great Lent. The Battle of Avarayr was originally described by Ghazar P'arpec'i and Yeghishe, whose Histories will be published next month (together with P'avstos' History) as part of the new Golden Age release...

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Three Gems of Golden Age Literature

We are very excited to announce our forthcoming publication of three gems of Golden Age literature. The hardbacks are part of our new Dual Language Series, which places the original Armenian text on the left-hand side and the corresponding English translation on the right-hand side.

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Five Gems of Medieval Armenian Literature

We are very excited to announce our forthcoming publication of five gems of medieval literature. The hardbacks are the first releases of our new Dual Language Series, which places the original Armenian text on the left-hand side and the corresponding English translation on the right-hand side.

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Best Western Armenian Language Learning Resources

To help any adults who may be interested in learning Western Armenian from scratch as a beginner, or who may simply want to develop their language skills further, we have compiled a list of the best language learning resources for Western Armenian that we have come across so far.

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Harem

The book that saw the great Armenian novelist Raffi exiled from Persia. It was just before the turn of the 19th century in Persia, some years after Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar—the Shah of Iran and founder of the Qajar Dynasty—marched to Tiflis with some 30,000 troops and fought for 3 days against the Georgians at Krtsanisi. On the third day of battle,...

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The True Story of Musa Dagh

As we have described previously, Franz Werfel’s 1933 classic, The Forty Days of Musa Dagh, helped to raise awareness for the plight of the Armenians on Musa Dagh who had managed to resist the deportation orders of the Ottoman Government and escaped the genocide in 1915. Despite the novel’s importance, the line between fact and fiction was often blurred in its portrayal...

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Garshunography

Armeno-Turkish When I was a child, my father told me that his grandfather (an Armenian from the Ottoman Empire) spoke only in Turkish and wrote only in Armenian, meaning he wrote Turkish in Armenian script. It turns out that this was pretty common in the Ottoman Empire, and not only among Armenians. The Greeks had a word for Greco-Turkish – karamanlidika...

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Jalaleddin

Jalaleddin (Ջալալէդդին) is named after the eponymous Kurdish Sheikh, whose exploits are also described in the non-fiction book Armenia and the Campaign of 1877 by British war correspondent Charles B. Norman, which referenced Sheikh Jalaleddin and his massacres of the Armenians almost exactly as Raffi described in Jalaleddin. Nicholas Al-Jeloo also helpfully pointed us to some Turkish source material about Sheikh Jalaleddin, who was...

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