Eremia Chelebi K‘eōmurchean (1637-1695) and the Foundation of the Western Armenian Intellectual Tradition in Ottoman Istanbul
The Medieval-Renaissance Forum of the School of History and the Haifa Center for Mediterranean History (HCMH) are glad to invite you to a lecture given by Henry Shapiro.
"Eremia Chelebi K‘eōmurchean (1637-1695) and the Foundation of the Western Armenian Intellectual Tradition in Ottoman Istanbul"
Please join us on Zoom on Thursday, March 11th, at 12:30.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4690534368
Eremia Chelebi K‘eōmurchean was the first great Armenian intellectual of Ottoman Istanbul. He was also the first Armenian author to write major works on Ottoman history based on primary source research, and he was an avid translator of liturgical and historical texts from Classical Armenian into Armeno-Turkish. This talk will contextualize Eremia’s life and work by describing mass migrations from Eastern Anatolia to Western Anatolia, Istanbul, and Thrace that took place at the beginning of the seventeenth century, migrations in which Eremia’s father and grandparents participated. It will then proceed to describe how the transfer of the main sites of Armenian intellectual production from east to west led to demands for new forms of literature to meet the needs of Armenian migrants and their descendants in Istanbul and its environs in the course of the seventeenth century.