Reviews

Representative of the geopolitical climate in Yerevan during the past decades, the often abstract article endeavours to demonstrate that the Armenian and Iranian historical experiences present valuable aspects of their own to be brought into a new synthesis “in order to built up a wider frame for today’s cohabitation. Questioning the ‘East-West’ dialectics that prevails in a number of publications, the author underlines the multiple compatibilities between Armenian experience and the Iranian world on the very long duration, underlying among other things the Armenian tradition of “loyalty” contributing to the enrichment of non-Christian societies in which they used to live. Given the pace with which Yerevan is colonised by Iranian investors happy to find there a climate more liberal than in Tehran, one can wonder whether these historical considerations do not prelude the ongoing demographic process in Armenia. More seriously, the author’s choice of dealing on the long duration and at a level of wide generality brings him to reel off a series of unconvincing clichés ― for instance on Armenia’s “strong fidelity to archaic roots” combined with “a great flexibility for innovation” (p. 254).

The Redaction
CER: II-3.3.A-208