ARPA Institute: The Case For Abandoned Properties of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire
Posted: Wednesday, April 04, 2012 at 02:42 PM UT
"The Case For “Abandoned” Properties of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire (Emvali Metruke)"
Thursday, April 12, 2012 @ 7:30PM
Abstract: The case for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide has thus far been anchored on the human aspect of the calamity befalling Armenians during WWI. There is now a huge library of academic and journalistic treatises which deal with the subject. However, a totally different aspect of the Armenian ordeal, that has not yet been fully researched and disseminated, is the en masse confiscation of movable and immovable properties during the deportation of the Armenians outside of their ancestral lands. Ironically, these properties have been designated as “Abandoned”. The question is, how did the Ittihadist governments organize, distribute, and in the process amassed huge sums of money in the government’s — and in the process, their personal — coffers for the war effort? Moreover, how did this same attitude continue during the formative years of the Republic of Turkey? This lecture will discuss a sequential rendering of some thirteen laws and directives regarding Armenian “Emvali Metruke” (“Abandoned Properties”) imposed by three consecutive governments that ruled Turkey from 1914 to 1930. The laws and directives were transcribed into modern Turkish alphabet characters and then translated from the Old Ottoman script. The rendering of these laws into English was primarily meant to aid experts in the academic and legal fields who are not knowledgeable in Ottoman Turkish. But since the editors had also decided to make this study available to a larger readership, it was decided that this introduction will remedy the situation by trying to simplify the complexity of the laws by explaining and analyzing them in a straightforward historical analysis.
Garabet Krikor Moumjian was born in 1957 in Zahle, Lebanon. He has received a BA from the Institute Superior d’Armenologie, “Hamazkaine” in Beirut, in 1983; a BA in History and Armenian Studies from the University of La Verne, La Verne, Ca in 1986 and an MA from UCLA, Department of History in 1990. He is currently completing his doctoral dissertation at UCLA on “Armenian-Turkish Relations, 1890-1909”. Since 1986 he has served in numerous positions, including Lecturer in UCLA and U of La Verne, principal of Mesrobian Elementary and High School. He has authored chapters in books, textbooks and monographs, as well as research articles in Armenian studies. He serves on editorial boards of several newspapers and on the boards of several organizations. Mr. Momjian is also a political editor and news commentator for the Horizon TV. He has received many awards from Armenian and non-Armenian organizations. He is fluent in Armenian (Western and Eastern Dialects and Classical Armenian), Arabic (Literary language and Levantine dialects), Turkish (Modern and Ottoman Turkish as a research language) and French (Reading capacity, research purposes). Garo is married to Nayeri Harboyan and they are blessed with two children, Hagop and Purag.
For information please contact Dr. Hagop Panossian at (818) 453-0618
ARPA Conference: Current Issues Facing Armenia And The Diaspora
ARPA Institute 20th Anniversary Celebration Gala Banquet
Dream Palace Banquet Hall