Wednesday, 24 December 2008
Following the edition and appearance of volumes 1 & 2 of the Persian firmans available in Matenadaran, Yerevan, Armenia, by the late Professor Papazyan years ago, the task was taken by Kristine Kostikyan to give the rest of the manuscripts to print.
She recently published the volumes three and four of "The Persian Decrees of Matenedaran" in Yerevan by the support of Iran Heritage Foundation (both volumes) and Armen and Bersabe Jerejian Foundation Inc.- USA (volume three).
She studied, edited and translated the documents in these volumes. The books provide pictures of about 145 Persian royal documents from Safavid to early Qhajar periods dealing with various issues related to Armenian people and clergy when the land was part of the Persian empire. Together with their transliteration in Persian, the books also provide the Armenian and English translations of the documents.
I met Kristine, a very modest fellow, in Matenadaran Institute, Yerevan and she kindly gave me a signed copy of each volume.
The three photographs by Jalil Nozari, November, 2008.