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Author: Vahé Tachjian

Title: Gender, nationalism, exclusion

Subtitle: The reintegration process of female survivors of the Armenian genocide

Journal: Nations and Nationalism: Journal of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism

Volume: 15

Issue: 1

Year: 2009 (Published online: January 14, 2009)

Pages: 60-80

ISSN: 1354-5078 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1469-8129 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Types: Genocidal Rape / Armenian Genocide


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Abstract: »This essay focuses on the process of ‘rebuilding’ the Armenian nation in the newly constituted states of the Middle East (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Iraq) in the immediate aftermath of World War I. These efforts were centred on the two largest sectors of the population to have survived the Catastrophe, orphans and familyless (or widowed) women. The essay examines the ideology of ‘national reconstruction’ and some of its internal contradictions. It pays particular attention to both Armenian women who married Muslims during the deportations and the children born of these marriages, as well as to Armenians who turned to prostitution to survive in the complex conditions prevailing in this period. The author makes use of extensive, previously neglected archival material: for example, correspondence by some of the principal actors, reports written during the process of locating and rounding up Armenian orphans, and documents that shed light on life within the walls of orphanages and women’s shelters. The author assembled this archival material in Paris, Beirut, Aleppo, and Cairo, after surveying the contents of various archives.« (Source: Nations and Nationalism)


  Regroup, purify, reintegrate (p. 64)
  Rehabilitating Armenian women: the attempt and the contradictions haunting it (p. 67)
  Conclusion (p. 76)
  Notes (p. 78)
  References (p. 79)
  Secondary Resources (p. 79)
  Newspapers (p. 80)

Wikipedia: Genocidal rape: Armenian Genocide, Rape during the Armenian Genocide