The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) hosted today the presentation of a book devoted to the Armenians role in Ottoman Turkey.
The monograph, entitled the Armenians Contribution to the Ottoman Empire, tells about the ethnic Armenians presence in every aspect of the country’s life (palaces, diplomatic and administrative offices, judicial bodies, art, trade, sport etc.).
Ruben Safrastyan, an Armenian Turkologist attending the presentation, highly praised the book’s significance in terms of future studies.
“I am sure it will find a wide response not only in Armenia’s scientific circles, but also worldwide,” he said.
The director of Eurasia Partnership Foundation, Gevorg Ter-Gabrielyan, stressed the importance of translating the book into different languages.
“It is important to translate the book and then think of disseminating it. It is very important to explain to the world why we attach so much significance to the issue,” he said.
Archbishop Vazgen Berberyan, who has recently returned from Istanbul, said the book contains very important conclusions for historians to focus on.
He noted with regret that the Armenians in Turkey know very little of their past, with many of them (60%) preferring mixed marriages.
“Isn’t it disturbing for Armenians. I am sure the book will furnish us facts to speak of our rights,” he added.
The author of the book, Hasmik Stepanyan, has been working at the NAS Oriental Studies Institute for 40 years. Her works are devoted exclusively to the Armenian-lettered literature on the Turkish culture.