Amiras, The
Lords of Ottoman Armenia

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Paperback
(ISBN: 978-1-903656-35-8)
$22.00
Taderon Press (Publisher) Gomidas Institute (Publisher)
2012 London
141 pages
Size: 6" x 9"
Language(s): English

Additional Artists

Marika Blandin (Translator)

The Amiras were a powerful class of Armenian commercial, industrial and professional elites in the Ottoman capital between the 18th and 19th centuries. They ran the treasury, mint and armament factories, built palaces, mosques and public buildings, and operated many monopolies. Because of their unique position, they had good relations with Ottoman Sultans and administrators and played an important role in the development of the Armenian millet. They ensured the well-being of the Armenian Patriarchates of Constantinople and Jerusalem, and several Amiras became great patrons of art and education. Some even rose to prominence and distinguished themselves in Egypt, a nominal vassal of the Ottoman Empire. Pascal Carmont’s The Amiras: Lords of Ottoman Armenia is a sympathetic portrayal of these intrepid Armenians based on written sources and the author’s contacts with their descendants.

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