The Armenian Question in the Ottoman State, 1878-1923

Muhammad Rifaat al-Imam

Arevelk

Syria

  Essay

Armenian

Translated from Arabic into Armenian by Hori Azazian

The first chapter of the book examines Armenians’ lives in the Ottoman Empire since the seizure of the Armenian regions that were called "Western Armenia", through the Armenian intellectual awakening and until the transformation of the Armenian question into an international affair after the Berlin Conference in 1878, and the Armenian, regional and international reactions that resulted from it. This transformation led to the massacre of defenseless Armenians during the reign of Sultan Abdul Hamid II (1876-1909).

Muhammad Rifaat al-Imam then reviews the growth and amplification of the Turkish nationalism that pushed the Unionists and Young Turks to eradicate the Armenian race from the Turkish demographic structure. This second chaper demonstrates how the Unionists committed the first genocide against the Armenians at the beginning of the twentieth century. It also follows the birth of the Republic of Armenia in 1918 and the circumstances of its development.

In the third chapter, the author traces the emergence of Kemalism in Anatolia and its impact on the Armenian people. Then he examines the Kemalist wars in Anatolia and beyond the Caucasus and the accession of Armenia to the Soviet bloc, and thus the assassination of the Armenian cause and the rights of the Armenian people at the Lausanne Conference in 1923.

Muhammad Rifaat al-Imam is an Egyptian researcher, historian and writer. He is the head of the Department of History at Damanhour University, and a member of the Council of Armenian Studies at Cairo University. He is a specialist of Armenian history.