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Introduction to the Armenian Church: Past and Present

Introduction to the Armenian Church: Past and Present

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Location: Bellarmine Room, Heythrop College

Centre for Eastern Christianity Michaelmas Term Lecture Series

The Armenian Church, Society and Politics - The costs and challenges of the Soviet legacy in Armenia and the Diaspora

The history of the Armenian Church is intimately intertwined with the history of the Armenian people. This introductory lecture will explore the Church's role over the centuries not only in religious matters, but also in political, educational, cultural and social institutions that defined the communal life of Armenians living in different empires. Particular attention will be given to the "secularising" effects of state-imposed constitutions -- the Polozhenie (Statute) of 1836 in the Russian Empire and the National Constitutions of 1863 in the Ottoman Empire -- and how they coalesce with the secularisation of society in modern times.

Speaker: Dr Hratch Tchilingirian, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford

There is no need to book for this lecture, please just come along.


Hratch Tchilingirian is a faculty member of the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford. From 2002 to March 2012 he taught and held various positions at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and was co-founder of the Eurasia Research Centre in Cambridge.  Dr Tchilingirian has published extensively and lectures on minorities in contemporary Middle East; the Armenian Church; Diaspora; Turkish-Armenian relations; and the Caucasus. His research interests include sociology of religion, identity politics, diaspora studies, and transnationalism.

Contact Name: John Flannery
Contact Email: j.flannery@heythrop.ac.uk