OTTOMAN ARMENIANS: Life, Culture, Society
Houshamadyan’s first publication to the public.The most practical and constructive way to study the history of the Ottoman Empire—a multi-ethnic empire whose people spoke more than one language—is through a multi-disciplinary approach. It is only natural that alongside official Ottoman-Turkish material, the empire’s history can be studied through other, multilingual sources. Here, no primary sources can be classified as central or trivial, for each enriches and compliments the other. Recognition of this diversity and collaboration between different disciplines will open new vistas for researching the Ottoman Empire. The aim is to show the importance and necessity of using Armenian-language primary sources to study and understand Armenian (and non-Armenian) life in the Ottoman Empire. In fact, this is one of the common denominators that run through the articles in this book. The authors have based their work largely on Armenian primary sources—living proof of their importance and richness. Houshamadyan aims to examine and understand this local milieu in order to research the daily life of the Ottoman-Armenian. There are many sides to the Ottoman-Armenian that remain unknown to us. By basing our scientific research mainly on Armenian sources, they strive to provide a familiar face and character to these “”unknown”” Armenians, to reveal their multifaceted nature, and to reconstruct their rich and diverse legacy. The book includes 5 articles. It also features around 250 illustrations (photographs, drawings) related to Ottoman-Armenian life.