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Armenian Communities of Persia/Iran: History, Trade, Culture

Armenian Communities of Persia/Iran: History, Trade, Culture

The Ararat-Eskijian Museum, in collaboration with the Armenian Film Foundation, NAASR (National Association for Armenian Studies and Research), and The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA will host a special presentation of Prof. Richard Hovannisian's new released volume “Armenian Communities of Persia/Iran: History, Trade, Culture”.

Saturday, May 21, 2022
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Pacific Time)

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This is the fifteenth and final volume in the series that concentrates on Armenian communities outside the Ottoman Empire. The volume covers the Armenian presence in Iran from antiquity to contemporary times. It includes the history of Armenian-Iranian relations from the pre-Christian era to the Middle Ages, the Maku and Tabriz districts, with the monasteries of St. Thaddeus, St. Stepanos, and Tsortsor, and highlights the importance of Persian Azarbayjan/Atrpatakan in the Armenian and Iranian revolutionary movements, and the displacements and massacres of the Christian inhabitants of the Urmia, Salmast, and Khoy districts during the Turkish offensives in World War I, as well as the leadership in relief efforts of Archbishop Nerses Melik-Tangian of Atrpatakan (Tabriz). 

The event will be held in-person at the Ararat Home of LA, at the Sheen Chapel, 15105 Mission Hills Road, Mission Hills CA 91345.

The event is open to the public and will be livestreamed.
It is recommended to wear masks at the event for everyone’s safety.
For additional information please contact the Ararat-Eskijian Museum at (747) 500-7585 or


Professor Richard Hovannisian is the past holder of Armenian Education Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and a presidential fellow at Chapman University. He is the founder and six-time president of the Society of Armenian Studies and has published thirty books, and numerous scholarly articles including five volumes on the Armenian Genocide and 15 volumes by Mazda Publishers on historic Armenia.