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Tsolin Nalbantian


Batal: Fighting for Truth, Justice and the Armenian Way

[Annual Armenian Genocide March in Achrafiyya, Beirut, 24 April 2007. Photo by author.]

When I first moved to Beirut to start my doctoral research, I would spend hours at the apartment of my mother’s family in the neighborhood of Zarif. Sometimes I would bring work with me and sit on the chair reading as clouds of smoke from my aunts’ cigarettes and nargila varied in intensity around me. My attention would drift between conversing with my cousins and their mothers, and the reading at hand. I visited them almost daily. I did this, even though I had not grown ...

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Tsolin Nalbantian is an Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern History at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Her teaching and research interests include the role of minorities in the development of nation-state nationalism, diasporic communities in the Middle East, the politicization of identities, and the contemporary history of Syria and Lebanon.