From the Editors
A thick stack of black and white photographs flutters to the floor. A man stands over the jumbled pile and, looking past bent corners and nibbled edges, sees dozens of faces staring up at him. These faces are vaguely familiar—an old neighbor, a distant cousin, an aunt who used to spend summers with him. Some photos land face down and, from his height, the man can just make out the names and dates scribbled in purple ink across the backs. He kneels down and, with the tips of ...Keep Reading »
In October 2011, the newly renovated Sourp Giragos Armenian Apostolic Church reopened in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir. Among the hundreds gathered to celebrate its first mass in over ninety years were local men and women who had chosen the occasion to be baptized into the Armenian Apostolic Church. Raised as Sunni Muslims, these men and women were the children and grandchildren of Armenians who had converted to Islam to escape persecution in the waning days ...Keep Reading »
Jennifer Manoukian is a recent graduate of Rutgers University, where she received her BA in Middle Eastern Studies and French, and will be starting an MA program in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University in the fall. She is currently an intern with the Arab Studies Institute, where she does research for the Forum on Arab and Muslim Affairs. She is interested in Western Armenian literature and issues of identity and cultural production in the Armenian diaspora. Her writing on these topics has appeared in ianyanmag.com and zohrabcenter.com. She also translates from Western Armenian and has had her translations of writer Zabel Yessayan featured in araratmagazine.org. She can be reached at email@example.com.