MISSION HILLS — On Saturday May 21st, 2022, at 5PM Pacific, the Ararat-Eskijian Museum, in collaboration with the Armenian Film Foundation, 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”. 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.

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).

Prof. 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 5 volumes on the Armenian Genocide and 15 volumes by Mazda Publishers on historic Armenia.

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:
By phone (747) 500-7585 or email [email protected]


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