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Armenian Subjects in the Medieval and Early Modern Islamic World

Organized by the Armenian Studies Program
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
May 10 and 11, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Session I

9:30-10:00 - Introductory Remarks 

Kevork Bardakjian, Marie Manoogian Professor of Armenian  Languages  & Literatures, Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan 

Kathryn Babayan, Near Eastern Studies & History, University of Michigan

10:00-12:00 – Early Encounters
Chair: Gerard Libaridian, Director, Program in Armenian Studies, Alex Manoogian Visiting Professor of Modern Armenian History

Discussant: Ryan Szpiech, Romance Languages & Literatures Judaic Studies, University of Michigan

Alison Vacca, Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan
“Religious Polemic in the Early ‘Abbāsid Period: The Correspondence between Leo III and ‘Umar II”

Session II

2:00-4:30 - Religious Sites of Exchange

Chair: Ronald Suny, Department of History, University of Michigan

Discussant: Kevork Bardakjian, Marie Manoogian Professor of Armenian language & Literatures, Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan  

Claudia Matoda, Department Casa-Città, Second Faculty of Architecture, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
“Armeno-Muslim Cultural Encounters at the Castle of Hromklay”

Lilit Harutyunyan, Department of Arab Countries, Institute of Oriental Studies Yerevan, Armenia
“The Creation of Armenian Catholic Monastery in Bzummar/Zmmar/”

Roman Smbatyan, Department of Iranian Studies, Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia
“Nadir Shah’s Religious Policy towards Armenians”

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Session III

9:30-12:00 - Armenian Subjectivities: Exile & Migration in the Seventeenth Century

Chair: Kevork Bardakjian, Marie Manoogian Professor of Armenian Languages & Literatures, Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan

Discussant: Kathryn Babayan, Near Eastern Studies & History, University of Michigan

Michael Pifer, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan
“Speaking Strangeness; Exile and the Formation of Early Modern Persian and Armenian Selves”

Sona Tajirian, Department of Arabic Studies, Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia
“The Image of the Armenian Merchants: Safavid Iran, Ottoman Empire, 16th -18th Centuries”

Vahe Sahakyan, Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan
“Meaning of Azg, “Nation?” in Arakel’s Book of History”

Session IV

1:15-3:15 -  Eremya Chelebi Komurcuyan: A Lens onto 17th Century Istanbul

Chair: Kathryn Babayan, Near Eastern Studies & History, University of Michigan

Discussant: Gottfried Hagen, Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan

Semi Ertan, Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan
“Urbanity and Politics of Coexistence in Eremya Chelebi Komurcuyan (1637-1694)”

Gayane Ayvazyan, Armenian History, Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia
“The Historiographical Heritage of Yeremia Qyomurchian”

4:00-5:00 - Concluding Remarks & Discussion

Chair: Michael Bonner, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan