YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Doctor Rubina Peroomian, an Associate Researcher at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA, presented in Yerevan on Wednesday the latest of her monographs on Turkey’s hidden Armenia’s.
Forced to convert to Islam during the Genocide, these "Islamized" Armenia’s have begun to come out in recent years, and are increasingly becoming a serious issue of discussion for Armenian and Turkish scholars around the world.
The book, called "Those Who Continued to Live in Turkey’" is a unique study of the psychology of these and other Armenia’s who fled to Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.
Speaking at the presentation, Peroomian said she tried to analyze these people’s psychology, their lifestyle and their efforts to maintain their deeply hidden Armenian identity.
According to Hayk Demoyan, director of the Genocide Museum Institute, there are still many untapped subjects in the Armenian genocide. One of them is the fate of thousands of Armenian women, girls, children and men who had to adopt Islam not to be killed.
Peroomian said she had been studding the literature about the Armenian genocide for 25 years. This helped her to look deep into the psychology of the Islamized Armenia’s in order to analyze it.
She said her objective was to find out whether the maintenance of Armenian identity was possible for the young women and girls, who were abducted, forced to convert and then married to Muslim. Whether or not children adopted by Muslim families were able to maintain their identities was another topic she explored.
One thing is apparent, she said. Only those Islamized Armenia’s who moved from Turkey to Europe can openly admit their Armenian identities. Those living in Turkey are tight-lipped on this because of fears and pressure.
This book is in English with a 22-page Armenian supplement.