Armenian Identity 

  • by Western Armenia, March 18, 2024 in Society

Perceptions of Turkish and Armenian identity affect Hamshen identity.

From the establishment of the artificial Turkey till today, the content of the Turkish identity has always been a subject of discussion, because the principled and pragmatic definitions have always been mixed  from time to time they have taken each other's place.

This should be explained by the fact that they tried to create a national identity based on the ruling element from the imperial remnant society.

From time to time, the emphasis have  been placed on the Muslims left over from the Ottoman Empire, it can be said that from time to time, after Chanakale and the National Ethnographic War, by uniting all the elements of the society with different ethnic and religious identities, they tried to create the modern Turkish nation, which does not have any nationality.

However, we see that dozens of organizations that are older than the republic, the stars of the presidential coat of arms, the legislation on foreign turks,compulsory  presence for  natives, a teacher of Turkish nationality in schools a number of such usages show that Turkish identity also has an ethnic reference.

Therefore, we can safely say that giving an Islamic tone to the policy regarding the natives of the republic, the phrase "we created a new nation" is pragmatic.

As a result of pragmatic expressions combined with the change of place names, pressures on different languages ​​and dialects, and widespread formal education, people with different ethnic identities began to define themselves as Turks (due to Islam or as a result of shared fate).

We can say that this situation, typical of all ethnic groups living in occupied Western Armenia, had a much greater impact on the Hamshen people.

This is the reason for creating perceptions about the Armenian identity.

We can say that Christianity is the most important part of Armenian identity for both Armenians and others. In many articles about the Hamshensi, Armenian writers describe the Hamshensi who converted or were forced to do so to be sophisticated, although they speak Armenian, they preserve Armenian traditions.

In a similar way, during the identity discussions on the Facebook page of "Hatiki" (Hamshen Culture Study and Preservation Society), one can come across many comments such as: "Armenians have never given up Christianity", "Armenians said they are Christians", "Hamshens are Muslims, therefore are Turks", etc.

From the ethnos point of view, the Turkish identity, which wraps around the non-Turkish, Muslim and the individual living on the same land due to fate, as well as the former Armenian identity, which excludes those who are not Christians, had an important impact on the formation of the Hamshen identity.