Ariana Garabedian Increases Awareness Of The Armenian Genocide by ces12174


									 4                                                                           Massis            Weekly                                                    MAY 17, 2008

    Recent Publications From The Western Diocese                                                        Ariana Garabedian Increases Awareness
              Of The Armenian Church                                                                         Of The Armenian Genocide
           By Rev. Dr. Zaven Arzoumanian
           Presentation Of The Books At The Diocesan Center
                   Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 7 pm
      The following five books were           selves; they are at best copies of the
published by the order of His Eminence        copies of succeeding generations who
Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate          have thus preserved the text in different
of the Western Diocese of the Armenian        monasteries, the most ancient of which,
Church. Among them are two Armenian           no earlier than the 12th century, have
historiographies translated into English      served for publications during the 18th
for the first time with introductions and     and 19th centuries. The History of
annotations. They are:                        Ghevond covers the detailed accounts
                                              of the Arab invasions beginning from the
    History of Armenia by Bishop              Caliphs who were the successors of the
     Ukhtanes of Sebastia Part II             Prophet from 640 on. The Last events
       This volume presents an important      reported refer to the revolt of the Arme-
work that is indispensable for the history    nians against the Arabs from 750 to 755.
of the Armenian Church in the 7th cen-
tury. It is also a valuable source book on         Studies in Armenian History
the history of the Georgian Church. This             This bi-lingual book Contains the
translation is based on, and in fact suc-     synopsis of six Armenian Historians and
ceeds to, the only Armenian obsolete          one Byzantine Emperor as follows: Eznik
edition of 1871 published in                  Goghbatsi Bishop of Bagrevand (5th c.),
Vagharsgapat. It contains an Armenian         Bishop Sebeos Bagratuni (7th c.),
and English introduction, 135 emenda-         Ghevond the Priest (8th c.), Ukhtanes                 Ariana Garabedian, a seventh grader from Boise, Idaho, and daughter of Dr.
tions and corrections in the Armenian         Bishop of Sebastia (10th c.), Aristakes         Vicken Garabedian and Terri Garabedian, competed in the 2008 National History Day
text, the translation of the second part of   Vardapet of Lastivert (11th c.), Kirakos        competition on April 11, 2008. The theme this year was “Conflict and Compromise
the History, a bibliography and an index.     Vardapet of Gandzak (13th c.), and              in History”. Ariana entered the competition with an exhibit, 500-word essay and 500-
Part II of Bishop Ukhtanes of Sebastia’s      Byzantine Emperor Constantine VII               word process paper titled “The Unspoken Crime Against Humanity: The massacres
History of Armenia is devoted to the          Porphyrogenitus (10th c.). Each author’s        and genocide of the Armenian people”. Her work involved extensive research,
separation, or the schism, of the Geor-       text is treated regarding its integrity,        including interviews from renowned professors Richard Dekmejian, Ph.D. and Peter
gian Church from the unity of the Arme-       date, authenticity, and editions. The book      Balakian, Ph.D.
nian Church initiated by the Georgian         is a compilation of papers read at differ-            In addition, she shared personal family accounts of her great-great grandpar-
Catholicos Kurion at the beginning of the     ent universities during Armenian history        ents. After presenting her exhibit and giving a formal presentation to judges, she was
7th century against the wishes of the         and ancient literature symposiums.              chosen to continue in the competition from the regional level to the state level at the
Catholicos of Armenia. Bishop Ukhtanes                                                        College of Idaho.
gathered all of the documents on the              Studies in Armenian Church                        Ariana’s goal in choosing the topic was to increase awareness of the Armenian
subject and presented them in a histori-         - History, Doctrine, Worship -               genocide. As a result of the increased attention, she hopes there will be stronger
cal context with relevant comments and               This is a collection of studies deal-    support for a formal U.S. acknowledgement of the genocide.
background information. Until now the         ing with the Armenian Church history,
Western scholars had access to Ukhtanes       tradition, excavations, worship, calen-              The New Leadership In Russia Is Apprehensive
only through an outdated French trans-        dar of feasts, canonization, and the for-
lation published by M. Brosset in 1870.       mation of the Armenian Church follow-           Continued from page 3                        integrity. He will assess the situation in
Fr. Arzoumanian has rendered a valuable       ing the invention of the Alphabet and the                                                    Armenia and draw his own conclusions.
service to scholarship by making such         translation of the Bible into Armenian at       Armenia’s leaders do not release the         Today it is clear that there are political
an important work available in English.       the beginning of the 5th century.               prisoners, this will be dangerous for        prisoners in Armenia. I know this from
                                                                                              them as well, because they themselves        newspaper reports, from eyewitness
        History of Ghevond on                  Theology of the Armenian Church                might appear in such a situation in the      testimonials and from friends and rela-
          the Arab Invasions                             -an Introduction-                    future and this time nobody will call        tives of the people who are being sub-
      This first English translation pre-           This is the first in its kind to easily   them “Political prisoners”.                  jected to brutality and are imprisoned.
sents the work of an 8th century Arme-        explain the ancient and original theology             Karen Apetyan – Mr. Razin, by          Many of our politicians are very con-
nian contemporary historian, Priest           of the Armenian Church. The author has          the way, here in the USA, in Wash-           cerned with the situation in Armenia,
Ghevond, who has written as an eye-           labeled it as “popular edition” having in       ington, there were hearings dedi-            which instead of heading toward de-
witness account, at least for the latter      mind the reader’s comprehension and             cated to the March 1-2 events and the        mocracy is headed into chaos. I think
part of the book, on the Arab invasions       interest in matters of Christ’s Person,         chairman called all the prisoners and        you will still hear from Russian politi-
who after the appearance of the Prophet       the Holy Trinity, St. Paul’s theology, the      followers of Levon Ter-Petrosyan as          cians.
moved north from the Arabian Peninsula        Creeds formulated by the First Ecu-             political prisoners and told the repre-            Karen Apetyan – What do you
and invaded Armenia and the Western           menical Councils and the Church Fa-             sentative of Serj Sargsyan that one          think? When a person comes to power
provinces of the Byzantine Empire. It         thers, the theology of the Armenian             would be foolish not to call them so.        by force and is not elected by the
contains detailed information on the geo-     Church hymns, the Sacraments of the             So far you are the only Russian poli-        people, wouldn’t that person and his
graphic and topographic status of the         Church, the essence of Christ’s Church,         tician who has called these people           supporters have to oppress and ter-
time, with the Bagratuni and Rshtuni          and finally the heresy and the atheism in       political prisoners. No Russian politi-      rorize their own people in order to
dynasties at the helm of Armenia, and         past and present.                               cal organization or governmental             govern?
lengthy correspondence between the                  All five of these recent publica-         structure has said anything about                  Andrei Razin – Yes, when the
Arab Caliph Umar and Emperor Leo III          tions were sponsored by David and               this.                                        leaders of a country use oppressive
of Byzantium on matters of Christianity.      Margaret Mgrublian of Pasadena. The                   Andrei Razin – The new govern-         methods such as beating and even killing
This new translation is based on two          books will be presented under the aus-          ment of the Russian Federation is in the     people, then you call that a dictatorship.
important manuscripts and three sec-          pices of His Eminence Archbishop                process of formation and the new presi-      Therefore in my opinion, what we have
ondary ones, the oldest of which comes        Hovnan Derderian by the author Fr.              dent will assume his post on May 7,          today in Armenia is a dictatorship.
from the 13th century. Of course none of      Arzoumanian on Wednesday, May 21,               2008. I think he is an honest and respect-         Karen Apetyan – Mr. Razin,
the ancient documents have reached us         2008. The public is warmly welcome.             able person and most of all a man of         thank you for the interview.
as original writings by the authors them-     Reception will follow.
                                                                                              in 1955, most of the Armenian inhabited      For an article about renaming of towns
           Chronology Of The Armenian Genocide                                                places in Turkey before the genocide. In     and villages in Turkey, the interested
                                                                                              addition , names of Kurdish and Turkish      reader may read my article “An Unprec-
Continued from page 3                         as reference , mentioned above.                 villages were renamed. The motive of         edented Decision of the Turkish Gov-
                                                     A general remark about all the           the government in renaming these vil-        ernment Concerning Western Armenia”
publications as reference, specially the      three chronologies reviewed in this ar-         lages and towns is not simply national-      “The Armenian Review, vol.xxxv, Spring
book written with Paboudjian ,” Les           ticle:                                          istic fervor. The motive of renaming         1982, pp.61-63)
Armeniens Dans L’Empire Ottoman a la                 In none of the chronologies, it is       even Turkish sounding villages is to              Conclusion: all the three authors,
Veille du Genocide” mentioned above.          mentioned that most Armenian inhabited          make difficult for the prospective scholar   Levon Vartan, Haigazn Ghazarian and
He could use more the books, published        places in Turkey have been renamed              to identify an Armenian village that ex-     Raymond Kevorkian have done a very
by the Armenian Compatriotic Unions,                 The Turkish government renamed,          isted near a Turkish sounding village.       necessary publication by their works.

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