Khatchig Mouradian’s ‘The Resistance Network’ receives Syrian Studies Association ‘Honourable Mention 2021’

Khatchig Mouradian’s The Resistance Network: The Armenian Genocide and Humanitarianism in Ottoman Syria, 1915-1918 has received the Syrian Studies Association ‘Honourable Mention 2021.’

From the announcement: “This book offers us an unusual approach to the history of the Armenian Genocide. Turning away from the images of the helpless and passive victims of genocide, Mouradian promises us an opportunity to see the resistance and agency of Armenians in the years between 1915-1918. And true to his endeavor, we do get a picture of the activism of the Armenian Church in Aleppo as well as the long-time Armenian residents of the city from the two brothers who owned and ran the Baron Hotel, as well as the charity and resistance of the well-off Armenians who came out to set up orphanages for those on the dearth marches, who hid them or in other ways employed Armenians to provide them with shelter in the city. The local connections with Jamal Pasha and his willingness to ’bend’ the orders from the CUP at least for a while provide a more nuanced picture of what happened during those awful months. This is a book long awaited, it provides details of what took place in Aleppo and between Aleppo, Raqqa and finally Deir ez- Zor, the graveyard of thousands of Armenians. Somewhere along the way we lost sight of the Armenian resistance network. This book is one great step in recovering that past.”

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