Three Armenian chroniclers as primary sources for Armeno-Iranian cross-cultural encounters in Transcaucasia, 1724-1736

A lecture by Dr. George Bournoutian, Iona College. Sponsored by The Richard Hovannisian Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History

Friday, February 21, 2014
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
UCLA

George A. Bournoutian is a Senior Professor of History at Iona College and the author of over twenty-eight books, particularly focusing on Armenian history. His fields of research are Armenia, Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. He is fluent in at least eight languages including Arabic.

Building on his recent translations of important Armenian-language primary sources for the early modern period, Dr. George Bournoutian will discuss the nature of Armenian-Iranian cross-cultural encounters in Transcaucasia during the turbulent period leading up to Nadir Shah’s assumption of the Iranian throne in 1736. Bournoutian's talk will focus on Armenian eye-witness accounts of the Caucasus region, provided by Abraham of Yerevan, Esayi Hasan-Jalalean, and Abraham of Crete and will explore how the latter sources contribute to historians' understanding of this politically and culturally volatile region at a time of crucial importance in the histories of the post-Safavid, Ottoman, and Russian Empires and their multi-ethnic populations.


Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, Sponsored by The Richard Hovannisian Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History