ARMENIANS IN THE MEDIEVAL ISLAMIC WORLD: VOLUME THREE
by Seta B. Dadoyan
Dadoyan focuses on the Armenian condition and role in the medieval Islamic world. She argues that if the entire region was the habitat of most of the Armenians. Dadoyan draws the outlines of a new philosophy of Armenian history based on hitherto obscured patterns of interaction.
The first few chapters are dedicated to the images of Prophet Muhammad in Armenian literature. Dadoyan shows that direct interactions and borrowings happened regularly from Islamic sciences, reform projects, poetry, and arts. Dadoyan argues that the cosmopolitan urban environments were radically different from rural areas and close interactions took different and unexpected patterns. In the last part of the volume, she presents the first and only polemical-apologetic Armenian texts addressed to Islam at the end of the fourteenth century.