Samvel Karapetyan (author)

Samvel Karapetian (Armenian: Սամվել Կարապետյան; 30 July 1961 – 27 February 2020) was an Armenian historian, researcher, author, and expert of medieval architecture, specializing in the study of the historical monuments of Armenia, Nagorno Karabakh and other regions of the Southern Caucasus. He surveyed and catalogued thousands of artifacts of Armenian history and architecture during the course of more than two decades. Karapetyan was head of the Yerevan branch of the NGO Research on Armenian Architecture (RAA).[1] Karapetyan was also known as an outspoken critic of the treatment of Armenian monuments in Turkey: he argued that Turkey has a policy of intentional neglect and planned destruction. He also presented evidence that accuses Georgia and Azerbaijan of deliberately destroying Armenian historical monuments.[2] He presented his findings to US Congress in 2007[3] and to the European Court of Human Rights in 2008.[4]

Karapetyan in 2002

Karapetyan was an outspoken critic of the Armenian Apostolic Church[5] and an advocate of the separation of church and state in Armenia.[6]

AwardsEdit

In 2007 he won the Armenian Presidential Humanitarian Sciences Prize for his works,[7] and in 2020 he was posthumously awarded by Movses Khorenatsi medal by the President of Armenia.[8]

Published worksEdit

  • (in Armenian) Բուն Աղվանքի հայերեն վիմագրերը (Armenian Lapidary Inscriptions in Caucasian Albania Proper). Yerevan: Gitutiun Publishing, 1997.
  • (in Armenian) Վրաց Պետական Քաղաքականությունը և հայ մշակույթի հուշարձանները, 1988–1998 (Georgian State Policy and Historical Armenian Monuments, 1988–1998). Yerevan: Gitutiun Publishing, 1998.
  • Armenian Cultural Monuments in the Region of Karabakh. Trans. Anahit Martirossian. Yerevan: Gitutiun Publishing, 2001.
  • (in Armenian) Ջավախքի Պատմական Հուշարձանները (The Historical Monuments of Javakhk). Yerevan: Gitutiun Publishing, 2001.
  • (in Armenian)Կովկասյան թանգարանի Հայկական հավաքածուն (The Armenian Collection of the Caucasian Museum). Yerevan: Gitutiun Publishing, 2004.
  • (in Armenian) Հյուսիսային Արցախ (Northern Artsakh). Yerevan: Gitutiun Publishing, 2004.
  • (in Armenian) Հայերը Կախեթում (The Armenians of Kakhetia). Yerevan: Gitutiun Publishing, 2004.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Noyan Tapan (July 1, 2002). "Armenian intellectuals blast "barbaric" destruction of Nakhichevan monuments". BBC Monitoring Trans Caucasus Unit.
  2. ^ Tapan, Noyan (July 1, 2002), "Armenia accuses Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan of destroying historical monuments", BBC Monitoring Trans Caucasus Unit
  3. ^ "US Congressmen presented facts of demolition of ancient Armenian khachkars in Old Jugha by Azeri troops", ARMINFO News Agency, November 28, 2007
  4. ^ "European Court for Human Rights notes a claim for recognizing Azerbaijan guilty in desecration of khachkars in Old Jugha", ARMINFO News Agency, November 26, 2008
  5. ^ «Դավանել հայ առաքելական եկեղեցի՝ նշանակում է փորել սեփական գերեզմանը». religions.am (in Armenian). 3 April 2014. Archived from the original on 2 November 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Սամվել Կարապետյան". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2020-03-01.
  7. ^ "Annual awarding of Presidential Prize took place in Yerevan today", ARMINFO News Agency, June 18, 2007
  8. ^ Decrees of the President of RA, 21 September 2020

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