George A. Bournoutian History
Chronicle of Abraham of Crete
  Armenian Studies Series #1
1998: viii+187,6 x 9,maps,notes,glossary,bibl.,index.
Annotated Translation from the Critical Text
with an Introduction and Commentary.
The Chronicle of Abraham of Crete, published for the first time in English, is one of the few non-Persian primary sources on the History of Nader Shah. Written by the Supreme Patriarch of the Armenian Church, it describes the events which occurred from April 1734 to November 1736 in northern Iran and Transcaucasia. It details Abraham's sudden and unexpected election to the rank of Supreme Patriarch and his meeting with Nader, during the latter's campaigns in Transcaucasia. Abraham's main contribution, however, is his recounting of the qurulta'i (national council) on the Moqan Steppe, where he witnessed the election of Nader as the new Shah of Iran. The Chronicle not only paints a vivid picture of the political and socioeconomic conditions of the region, but supplies detailed information on the Persian army and administration not available in Jahangoshy-e Naderi or `Alam aray-e Naderi. Furthermore, the Chronicle is a rich source of Persian, Turkish, and Arabic terms used in the first half of the eighteenth century.
About the Author
George A. Bournoutian

George A. Bournoutian is Professor of East European and Middle Eastern Studies at Iona College, New York. He has taught Iranian history at UCLA and Armenian History at Columbia University, New York University, University of Connecticut, Tufts University, Rutgers University, Ramapo College, and Glendale Community College. He is the author of eleven books, including The Khanate of Erevan Under Qajar Rule and A Concise History of the Armenian People. His translations of primary sources such as The Chronicle of Abraham of Crete; Abraham of Erevan’s History of the Wars: 1721-1738 and documents such as Armenians and Russia, A Documentary Record,1626-1796, Russia and the Armenians of Transcaucasia, A Documentary Record, 1797-1889, have received laudatory reviews in TLS, BSOAS and other important publications. Professor Bournoutian is a member of the Society for Iranian Studies and a member of the Society for Armenian Studies. He is also a frequent contributor to encyclopedias, various scholarly journals, and collections. His work has been cited in major publications and he is considered a world authority on the history of eastern Armenia and Transcaucasia in the Modem Period (1400-1900). South Asia, Central Asia, Russia, Australia, and South America. Professor Boumoutian was born in Isfahan and grew up in Iran. He received his High school diploma from the well-known Andisheh (Don Bosco) institution in Tehran. His B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. are from UCLA where he studied with Drs. Richard G. Hovannisian and Amin Banani. Professor Boumoutian has given numerous academic lectures on Armenia and Eastern Europe and has lectured at virtually every Armenian community center in the United States, Canada, and Australia. He is fluent in Armenian, Persian, Russian, and Polish and has a reading command of French and Azeri. He is also very involved in studying and writing on classical music (piano repertoire) and the world of cinema. Professor Boumoutian accompanies his senior and graduate students on annual trips to Armenia and Transcaucasia, Middle East and Iran, Africa, Southeast Asia.

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