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By Amy Singer, Christoph Neumann, Selcuk Aksin Somel

A lot conventional historiography consciously and unconsciously glosses over definite discourses, narratives, and practices. This e-book examines silences or omissions in heart japanese background on the flip of the twenty-first century, to offer a fuller account of the society, tradition and politics. With a selected specialise in the Ottoman Empire, Turkey, Egypt, Iran and Palestine, the participants think of how and why such silences happen, in addition to the timing and motivation for breaking them. Introducing unforeseen, occasionally counter-intuitive, matters in historical past, chapters research: ladies and youngsters survivors of the Armenian massacres in 1915 Greek-Orthodox matters who supported the Ottoman empire and the formation of the Turkish republic the conflicts between Palestinians through the insurrection of 1936-39 pre-marital intercourse in glossy Egypt Arab authors writing in regards to the Balkans the industrial, now not nationwide or racial, origins of anti-Armenian violence the eu girls who married Muslim Egyptians Drawing on a variety of assets and methodologies, resembling interviews; newly-discovered data; fictional debts; and memoirs, each one bankruptcy analyses a narrative and its suppression, contemplating how their absences have affected our past understandings of the historical past of the center East.

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If you give them away, their lives will be saved, if not, they will die. We will all die. 54 Indeed, Esquhe would be the only surviving member of her extended family by the end of the long, dreadful march to Aleppo. Heranush herself had seen men being taken away and listened to stories of their massacre by the river told by the few survivors. She had witnessed the 34 Part I: Missing women kidnapping of her youngest aunt Siranush and, most dramatically, had watched two of her cousins being drowned in the river by their own grandmother (Heranush’s paternal grandmother) who then threw herself into the river and died.

Gershoni, A. Singer, and Y. H. Erdem, Middle East historiographies, pp. 242–61. S. 2009. J. Nagel, Race, ethnicity and sexuality: Intimate intersections, forbidden frontiers, New York: Oxford University Press, 2003, p. 159. For a recent article about the problem of integrating female survivors into Armenian society, see V. Tachjian, ‘Gender, nationalism, exclusion: The reintegration process of female survivors of the Armenian genocide’, in Nations and Nationalism vol. 15, no. 1, 2009, pp. 60–80.

By 2009, Anneannem had already been translated into Western Armenian, Eastern Armenian, English, French, Italian, German, and Greek, and author Fethiye Çetin had been invited to give talks in more than 20 cities in Europe and the Middle East (including Armenia). In this section, we first provide a close reading of Anneannem, focusing on its plot, narrative strategy, and reception, and then contextualize it within this growing literature. Anneannem moves between three different storylines. First is the narrative of Heranush/Seher, as related by her granddaughter, about Armenian life in a small Ottoman village before 1915, the death march of 1915, and Heranush’s journey to become Seher, initially as the adopted daughter of an Ottoman corporal (whom she remembers with great respect and love), and then as the wife of a man from Maden (a small town near Elazıg˘ in Eastern Turkey), with whom she had five children.

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