Ishkhan G. Chiftchyan

Forced Islamization of the Armenians before and during the Genocide led to two main results: on the one hand, physically survived generation changed religion and national identity, and now, after 100 years, it is on the lookout, searching for ways to return and to self-determination. On the other hand, it lost itself in this experience and disappeared being deprived of religious and national identity. There have been temporary and voluntary Islamizations that made possible to return to their original identity after some time. Any largescale study concerning the problems of Islamized Armenians on the territory of Turkey and beyond it has not been carried out, which makes the present attempts quite complicated. Even the descendants of the victims had great difficulty trying to address the issues of the existence of Islamized Armenians. Meanwhile, the total delay still harms the common cause.

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