The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Institute of Asian and African Studies
Armenian Studies Update, Fall 2010
Armenian Studies Courses Resuming
The Armenian Studies Program is very pleased to announce the resumption of teaching in the area of Armenian Studies next academic year, after a hiatus of one year. At the end of last academic year, 2008-2009, we bade farewell to Dr. Sergio La Porta who has taken up a chair of Armenian Studies in the California State University in Fresno, CA, USA. Sergio’s connection with our program dates back a decade or more, commencing as a visiting graduate student. He became Lecturer in Armenian Studies and held this rank until his departure. We wish him every success in his new position.
Next year we will host, together with the European Forum, Prof. Jasmine Dum-Tragut of Salzburg. A highly qualified Armenologist, with her second doctorate under Prof. Dr. J.J.S. Weitenberg of Leiden University, Jasmine will teach an intensive course on The History and Culture of the Armenian People in November and December. Emeritus Professor Michael E. Stone will teach Elementary Ancient Armenian in the first term.
Classical Armenian for Beginners, Prof. M.E. Stone, semester 1, Wed. mornings 10.30-12.
The History and Culture of the Armenian People, Prof. J. Dum-Tragut, semester 1 (intensive course in October and November), details to be announced.
All those with an interest in Armenian Studies, the Armenian people and its language and culture are encouraged to enroll. Response to these courses will be important for the future. Much interest has already been expressed. See further
It is possible for those not students of the Hebrew University to enroll for these courses. See the information posted on the University web site: www.huji.ac. il. Information is available from the Secretary of Middle East Studies, at 972/ 2/ 588 1220 or at Middle Studies islam-mideast@ savion.huji. ac.il
Donation by Mrs. and Mrs. Daniel Drench
Mr. and Mrs Daniel Drench made a donation of NIS 1,000 in memory of their friend, Mr. Drench’s “WWII comrade” who died recently. The donation will be used for purchase of English translations of Armenian historical sources that will help highlight their importance for understanding the role of the Armenians in the history of the region. The books have been ordered and a bookplate signaling the donation will by put into them. We will add to our resources in this way:
- Chronicle. Vardan Areveltsi, Robert W. Thomson (Author, Editor). 1991.
- Chronicle of Abraham of Crete, The. George A. Bournoutian (Translator)
Abraham of Crete (Author).
- Chronicle of Deacon Zak’aria of K`anak`er, The. George A. Bournoutian (Translator) . Deacon Zak’aria of K`anak`er (Author).
- History of Bishop Sebeos, The. Redefining a Seventh-Century Voice from Armenia. Gabriel Soultanian (Author).
- Patmutiun Tann Artsruneats. History of the House of Artsrunik
Robert W. Thomson. (Author, Editor). Thomas Artsruni (Author).
Poetry Book by M.E. Stone donated to Libraries
Copies of M.E. Stone, Selected Poems, Cyclamens and Swords Press 2010 have been donated to the National Library and the Mt. Scopus Library. The book contains many poems inspired by Stone’s experiences of Armenia and Armenian culture. (http://www.cyclamen sandswords. com/bookshop. php).
About the Book
Michael Stone’s knowledge of the Armenian Culture is extensive; he has managed to capture its essence through his poems. To keep him company in his writings are contemporary sites and the people of the modern Republic, its natural wonders, fauna and flora, and the ghosts of beloved saints.
This is a gorgeous quote from his poem “Sinai Scenes”:
“They are all still there—
Romans, Greeks, Nabateans,
Armenians, Jews, Arabs,
Bedouin, Sabeans, Egyptians.
Layered human traffic of the wasteland.”
Lola Koundakjian, Poet, Curator and Producer of The Armenian Poetry Project
Visit of Karina Totah
Ms Karina Totah, daughter of long-time supporter Mrs. Annie Totah of Washington, DC was in Israel during the spring and spent fruitful time consulting with Prof. Stone on steps to be taken to strengthen the future of Armenian Studies. She was able to attend Prof. van Lint’s lectures.
Abraham Book and Rock Inscriptions Project
Michael Stone has received a grant from the Israel Science Foundation to work on a book of unpublished texts he collected from Armenian manuscripts world-wide relating to the Patriarch Abraham. Such grants are a considerable honour.
The Rock Inscriptions and Graffiti project, that has hosted the Armenian Studies office, has received a gift of some photographs of additional Armenian Inscriptions from the Sinai. Prof. Dum-Tragut, during her visit last fall, took numerous photographs of Armenian graffiti in holy places and donated them to the Rock Inscriptions and Graffiti Project. Photographs were also received from Prof. Hannah Cotton of Armenian tombstones from the Mt. Zion area and from a guest of an Armenian inscription set in the crenellations of the Old City wall.
These will all be published soon.
Kaghakac’i Dialect and Culture Project
Professor Jasmine Dum-Tragut
Prof. Dum-Tragut will continue the work commenced over a decade ago on the particular dialect of the old Armenian families of Jerusalem. Almost no full speakers remain alive and the discs prepared by the Armenian Studies Program a decade or more ago have thus become doubly valuable. This project is conducted by the Armenian Studies program. In the past, both the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia supported the project. After some years’ hiatus, the project is being revived and talks will be initiated to renew the Academies’ interest in it.
Hebrew University Armenian Series
New volumes in this prestigious series are appearing even as I write:
Just out is:
Ch. Burchard, A Minor Edition of the Armenian Version of «Joseph and Aseneth»
In various stages of production are:
M.E. Stone and V. Hillel, An Editio Minor of the Armenian Version of the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
M.E. Stone and N. Stone, Catalogue of the Additional Armenian Manuscripts of the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin.
- Muradyan, Grecisms in Ancient Armenian.
Further volumes are under preparation and a full list may be seen at:
Prof. Michael E. Stone
Institute of Asian and African Studies
Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem, Israel
Email: michael.stone@ huji.ac.il
Fax: 972/ 2/ 642 6631