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Sona Zeitlian is an award winning educator and author with a long career of community activism and leadership in Cairo, Beirut, and Los Angeles. Her writings have focused on Armenian mythology and legends, folk tales based on the Armenian oral tradition, Armenian women's intellectual history, the rights movement and current issues of Armenian women in the homeland and diaspora.

Sona Simonian-Zeitlian was born in Cairo, Egypt. She has studied social sciences

and psychology at the American University in Cairo and taught in community schools in Cairo and Beirut, and finally in Los Angeles since 1989. She has acted as senior editor of Los Angeles-based HSZ Publications. In 1995 she was nominated to the Advisory Board of Gustav E. Von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies at UCLA. She has been active in educational work and community service and is highly acclaimed for her lectures, panel discussions and seminars.

Her publications are The Role of Armenian Women During the War of Liberation (winner of the Cilician Catholicossate's Melitinetsi Award), The Folktales of Musa Dagh (with illustration by Lucy Tutunjian), Legendary Armenian Braves (four volumes, with illustrations by Lucy Tutunjian), The One and Only (Armenian/English folktale, with illustration by Shushig Arslanian). She is currently preparing for publication an analysis of the two periods known as the golden ages of the Armenians in Egypt.

Sona has received awards in recognition of her career as educator and for her dedication to community service and far-reaching educational work for the Armenian Relief Society (ARS), Moreover, during the Lebanese civil war, she reached out to the women in the endangered zones to raise their morale and strengthen their resolve to persist in the defense of their quarters.

Sona married Sarkis Zeitlian, the Armenian national leader. The Zeitlians have four children. Sona currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
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 Armenians in Egypt
Titre : Armenians in Egypt / auteur(s) : Sona ZEITLIAN - Contribution of Armenians to medieval and modern Egypt
Editeur : Hratan Sarkis Zeitlian
Année : 2006
Imprimeur/Fabricant : 
Description : 15,5 x 22 cm, 268 pages, couverture illustrée en couleurs
Collection :
Notes : Originaly published by the Association of Armenians from Egypt, Montreal, Canada
Autres auteurs :
Sujets : Armenian personalities -- Egypt
ISBN : 963283391
Lecture On-line : non disponible

Commentaire :


Armenians are among the region's oldest nations, with a historical and cultural past that is strongly interlinked with other peoples in the region, including Egyptians. The relationship between our two ancient nations goes back to the pharaonic times. It intensified during the Byzantine rule, then Fatimid Caliphate times, and reached its apogee in the reign of Muhammad All. For centuries, Armenians have had a great input towards the development of culture, economy and science in Egypt. Our common history is full of pages of friendship and cooperation, with thousands of examples of instances of reciprocal support.
Sona Zeitlian's book Armenians in Egypt - Contribution of Armenians to Medieval and Modern Egypt is the first attempt to present in English the role and place of the Armenian community in the most interesting and vital periods of Egyptian history.
In this immensely readable book Sona Zeitlian charts the participation of Armenians in the different fields of political, social and cultural life of Egypt under the successive rule of Byzantine, Fatimid, Ayyubid, Mamluk dynasties and the Ottoman Empire; the activities of Armenians in the political life of Egypt during the reign of Muhammad Ali, beginning with the latter's Deputy and First Interpreter Poghos Bey Yussefian and Prime-Minister Nubar Pasha; the contribution of Armenians in the development of finances, trade, industry, architecture, the press and arts in Egypt.
It is due to the unique qualities of the Egyptian people, their hospitality and tolerance towards other nations and religions, that Armenians have been able to attain the highest administrative ranks and have at times exercised a decisive influence on the conduct of public affairs in Egypt.
At the beginning of the last century, Armenians, victims of Genocide in and by the Ottoman Empire, lived the most tragic pages of their history. There is a popular saying, in Armenian as well as Arabic, that essentially means: 'a friend in need is a friend indeed.' During those dreadful days, when Armenians were either killed or forcefully deported from their ancestral homes, the Egyptian people rendered assistance to the Armenian refugees and provided them the urgent assistance they needed. Armenians not only survived in Egypt but they were given the opportunity to rise and become full citizens in their new homes, while preserving their national identity and establishing schools, culture groups and sport clubs.
Grateful for such a humane approach, in their turn Armenians put all their knowledge and professional skills at the service of Egypt for the benefit of the progress and prosperity of their second motherland.
I wholeheartedly welcome the publication of this book, which I consider very timely especially today, when unfortunately the divisions among national, religious, sectarian, and tribal lines are still existing in the Middle East and the heated debate over the 'clash of civilizations' is still dangerously used by many sides for some political purposes and strategic considerations.
This is a remarkable contribution to the growing scholarly appreciation and documentation of the long, but little studied, rich history of relations between Egyptians and Armenians.
It is my strong belief that this important book will become a valuable addition on the subject and will contribute to the further deepening of friendship between our two great nations.


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