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Armenian studies or Armenology (Armenian: հայագիտություն, pronounced [hɑjɑɡituˈtʰjun]) is a field of humanities covering Armenian history, language and culture. The emergence of modern Armenian studies is associated with the foundation of the Catholic Mechitarist order in the early 18th century. Until the early 20th century, Armenian studies were largely conducted by individual scholars in the Armenian communities of the Russian Empire (Moscow, Saint Petersburg, New Nakhichevan, Tiflis), Europe (Venice, Vienna, Paris, London, Berlin, Leipzig), Constantinople and Vagharshapat in Armenia. After the establishment of Soviet rule, Armenian studies, and sciences in general, were institutionalized in Armenia and put under direct control of the Academy of Sciences.[1] Today, numerous research centers in many parts of the world specialize in Armenian studies.

Notable scholars who have worked in the field of Armenian studies

Early scholars

Modern scholars

Armenian studies programs

Worldwide and online















  • University of Geneva – Department of Mediterranean, Slavic, and Oriental Languages and Literatures (MESLO), Armenian Studies Programme [6]

United Kingdom

United States

Research centers and associations

Name Location Date
Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Yerevan, Armenia 1995—
Armenology Research National Center (ARNC) Yerevan, Armenia 2008—
Armenian Institute (AI) London 2001—
Armenian International Policy Research Group (AIPRG) Washington, DC and Yerevan 2006—
Armenian Library and Museum of America Watertown, MA 1985—
Armenian National Institute Washington, DC 1998—
Department of Armenian Studies Haigazian University (Beirut, Lebanon)
Division of Armenology and Social Sciences Armenian National Academy of Sciences (Yerevan)
Gomidas Institute London and Princeton, NJ 1992—
International Association for Armenian Studies (IAAS) 1983—
Society for Armenian Studies California State University, Fresno 1974—
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) Belmont, MA 1955—
Nubarian Library (La Bibliothèque Nubarian) Armenian General Benevolent Union (Paris) 1928—
MESROP - interdisciplinary workgroup for Armenian Studies [10] Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany 1998—
Société des Études Arméniennes (SEA) Paris 1993—
Zoryan Institute Cambridge, Massachusetts and Toronto 1982—


Title Date Publisher Location
Azgagrakan Handes 1895—1916 Yervand Lalayan Tiflis, Shusha
Banber Yerevani Hamalsarani 1967— Yerevan State University Yerevan, Armenia
Bazmavep 1843— Mekhitarist Congregation Venice, Italy
Etchmiadzin (est. as Ararat) 1868/1944— Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin Vagharshapat, Armenia
Haigazian Armenological Review 1970— Haigazian University Beirut, Lebanon
Handes Amsorya 1887— Mekhitarist Congregation Vienna, Austria
Hask Armenological Review Holy See of Cilicia Antelias, Lebanon
Journal of Armenian Studies 1975— National Association for Armenian Studies & Research Belmont, Massachusetts
Journal of the Society of Armenian Studies 1984— California State University, Fresno Fresno, California
Lraber Hasarakakan Gitutyunneri 1940— Armenian National Academy of Sciences Yerevan, Armenia
Patma-Banasirakan Handes 1958— Armenian National Academy of Sciences Yerevan, Armenia
Revue des Études Arméniennes 1920— University of Paris Paris, France
St. Nersess Theological Review 1996— St. Nersess Armenian Seminary Armonk, New York

See also

Further reading

  • (in Armenian) Harutyunyan, Shmavon Ṛ. Պատմագիտության զարգացումը Սովետական Հայաստանում, 1920–1963 [The development of the study of history in Soviet Armenia, 1920-1963]. Yerevan: Hayastan Publishing, 1967.
  • Mamigonian, Marc A. "From Idea to Reality: The Development of Armenian Studies in the U.S. from the 1890s to 1969," Journal of Armenian Studies 10/1-2 (2012–2013), pp. 153–84.
  • "Special Issue: Rethinking Armenian Studies: Past Present and Future," Journal of Armenian Studies 7/2 (Fall 2003).
  • A. Simavoryan, T. Ghanalanyan, V. Hovyan, CENTERS FOR ARMENIAN STUDIES ABROAD: ASSESSMENT OF POTENTIAL, Yerevan,2014 (in Armenian), online
  • Jan Henrik Holst, Armenische Studien (2009)[11]
  • Hac̣ik Rafi Gazer, Studien zum kirchlichen Schulwesen der Armenier im Kaukasus (2012)[12]
  • Armenuhi Drost-Abgarjan, Hermann Goltz, Armenologie in Deutschland: Beiträge zum Ersten Deutschen Armenologen-Tag (2005)[13]


  1. ^ "Հայագիտություն". Soviet Armenian Encyclopedia Volume 6 (in Armenian). 1980. pp. 130–133.
  2. ^ "Armenische Studien 2016–2019 – Universität Salzburg". (in German). Retrieved 2020-02-07.
  3. ^ "Caucasian Studies". Archived from the original on 2020-02-07. Retrieved 2020-02-07.
  4. ^ "Stiftung für Armenische Studien". Deutsches Stiftungszentrum (in German). 2016-03-30. Retrieved 2020-02-07.
  5. ^ "Armenier im östlichen Europa - Armenians in Eastern Europe". Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Verlage (in German). Retrieved 2021-09-03.
  7. ^ "Armenian Studies at Columbia". MESAAS. 2023-03-13. Retrieved 2023-07-13.
  8. ^ "Unpacking Armenian Studies: Unpacking Armenian Studies with Dr. George Bournoutian". Retrieved 2023-07-13.
  9. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  10. ^ "MESROP Arbeitsstelle für Armenische Studien". Retrieved 2020-02-07.
  11. ^ Holst, Jan Henrik. (2009). Armenische Studien. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. ISBN 978-3-447-06117-9. OCLC 466656897.
  12. ^ Gazer, Hac̣ik Rafi, 1963- (2012). Studien zum kirchlichen Schulwesen der Armenier im Kaukasus. Teil 1. 19. Jahrhundert. Berlin: Lit. ISBN 978-3-643-11532-4. OCLC 796089544.((cite book)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ Armenologie in Deutschland : Beiträge zum Ersten Deutschen Armenologen-Tag. Drost-Abgarjan, Armenuhi., Goltz, Hermann., Deutscher Armenologen-Tag (1st : 2000 : Berlin, Germany). Münster: Lit. 2005. ISBN 978-3-8258-8610-3. OCLC 74269583.((cite book)): CS1 maint: others (link)
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