An Armenian Mediterranean

Words and Worlds in Motion

  • Kathryn Babayan
  • Michael Pifer

Part of the Mediterranean Perspectives book series (MEPERS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Michael Pifer
    Pages 1-10
  3. Rethinking Boundaries

  4. Connecting Histories

  5. Breaking National & Imperial Paradigms

  6. Texturizing Diaspora

  7. Placing Statehood

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
  8. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 307-307
    2. Karla Mallette
      Pages 309-321
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 323-337

About this book


This book rethinks the Armenian people as significant actors in the context of Mediterranean and global history. Spanning a millennium of cross-cultural interaction and exchange across the Mediterranean world, essays move between connected histories, frontier studies, comparative literature, and discussions of trauma, memory, diaspora, and visual culture. Contributors dismantle narrow, national ways of understanding Armenian literature; propose new frameworks for mapping the post-Ottoman Mediterranean world; and navigate the challenges of writing national history in a globalized age. A century after the Armenian genocide, this book reimagines the borders of the “Armenian,” pointing to a fresh vision for the field of Armenian studies that is omnivorously comparative, deeply interconnected, and rich with possibility.


Armenian history Armenian studies Armenian literature Armenian genocide Medieval Mediterranean Armenia in the Post-Ottoman Order Diaspora studies Post-Soviet Armenia History of the Third Republic Armenia as Islamic Frontier Mediterranean and Iran History of Jerusalem History of Anatolia History of the Balkans Armenian culture

Editors and affiliations

  • Kathryn Babayan
    • 1
  • Michael Pifer
    • 2
  1. 1.Armenian Studies ProgramUniversity of MichiganAnn Arbor, MIUSA
  2. 2.University of MichiganAnn Arbor, MIUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-72864-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-72865-0
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