Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Resisting GenocideThe Multiple Forms of Rescue$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jacques Semelin, Claire Andrieu, and Sarah Gensburger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199333493

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333493.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 17 October 2019

Conversion And Rescue

Conversion And Rescue

SURVIVAL STRATEGIES IN THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

Chapter:
(p.201) 12 Conversion And Rescue
Source:
Resisting Genocide
Author(s):

Ugur Ümit Üngör

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333493.003.0013

This chapter explores notions of rescue and conversion during the 1915 Armenian genocide committed by Ottoman Turkey. It argues that many cases of rescue were contingent upon conversion to Islam as a precondition for acceptance into the community, more than the altruism of individuals. It shows that the genocide was as much an attack on the abstract category of Armenian identity as on the concrete physical existence of large numbers of Armenians. It also considers the issue of ‘behavioral escape’ in Armenian genocide and how Christian families that converted to Islam managed to live in Diyarbekir for several decades before migrating to other places. Finally, the chapter compares slavery during the Armenian genocide with ‘regular’ Ottoman slavery.

Keywords:   rescue, conversion, genocide, Turkey, Islam, identity, Armenians, behavioral escape, Diyarbekir, slavery

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .