By Hovann Simonian

The Hemshin are surely essentially the most enigmatic peoples of Turkey and the Caucasus. As former Christians who switched over to Islam centuries in the past but didn't assimilate into the tradition of the encircling Muslim populations, as Turks who converse Armenian but are frequently now not conscious of it, as Muslims who proceed to have fun feasts which are a part of the calendar of the Armenian Church, and as descendants of Armenians who, for the main half, have selected to disclaim their Armenian origins in favour of lately invented myths of Turkic ancestry, the Hemshin and the possible irreconcilable transformations inside their team id have generated interest and infrequently controversy. The Hemshin is the 1st scholarly paintings to supply an in-depth learn of those humans residing within the jap Black Sea sector of Turkey. This groundbreaking quantity brings jointly chapters written by means of a global workforce of students that hide the heritage, language, financial system, tradition and identification of the Hemshin. it truly is additional enriched with an exceptional choice of maps, photographs and appendices of updated information. The Hemshin varieties a part of the Peoples of the Caucasus sequence, an essential and but available source for all people with an curiosity within the Caucasus.

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The Hemshin are surely some of the most enigmatic peoples of Turkey and the Caucasus. As former Christians who switched over to Islam centuries in the past but didn't assimilate into the tradition of the encircling Muslim populations, as Turks who communicate Armenian but are usually now not conscious of it, as Muslims who proceed to have fun feasts which are a part of the calendar of the Armenian Church, and as descendants of Armenians who, for the main half, have selected to disclaim their Armenian origins in favour of lately invented myths of Turkic ancestry, the Hemshin and the doubtless irreconcilable changes inside their workforce identification have generated interest and sometimes controversy.

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46 But its inclusion would inevitably have highlighted the fact that the Bagratunis could not yet run to anything similar. 47 The most problematic of our sources is the History of Taron by Ps. 48 It includes a brief tale of a prince, Hamam. In this story, Hamam alerts Tiran Mamikonian, Prince of Taron, who is in alliance with the (seventh-century) Byzantine Emperor Heraclius, that Vashdean, Prince of Georgia, Hamam’s uncle, is in league with the King of Persia against him. 49 The names Hamam and Hamamashen and the location suggest that the story is indeed about Hamshen despite the impossibility that the chronological setting is correct.

The picture was not all dark; intellectual activity did not die out in the church, there was a large monastic community in Siwnik‘ in the 780s, and some monasteries and churches were still wealthy and economically active. But financial oppression, the failure of the Armenian rebellions against Arab rule of 747 to 748 and 774 to 775, and increasing Arab 4 Anne Elizabeth Redgate settlement (encouraged by the confiscation of the lands of dead or fled rebels and of refugees), changed the political landscape.

The result of Dumézil’s research would appear in four articles published between 1964 and 1986. The most fascinating part of the story, however, was that the young Hemshinli did not know that he spoke an Armenian dialect and was most surprised when Dumézil informed him of this fact. e. 2 They add to the mystery surrounding the Hemshin as former Christians who converted to Islam centuries ago yet did not assimilate into the culture of the surrounding Muslim populations, as Turks who speak Armenian yet are not aware of it, as Muslims who continue to celebrate feasts that are part of the calendar of the Armenian Church, and as descendants of Armenians who, for the most part, have chosen to deny their Armenian origins in favour of recently invented myths of Turkic ancestry.

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