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Title: The Armenian Woman in the Eyes of Western Observers
Authors: Leyer Semaan, Ingrid
Keywords: Armenian Woman
Western Observers
University of Balamand
Issue Date: 1996
Publisher: University of Balamand
Part of: Hawliyat
Issue: 4
Start page: 63
End page: 91
When I reread the travel books that the still very popular German novelist Karl May wrote during the last decades of the nineteenth century for both youth and adults, I was struck by the very negative picture he painted of the Armenians, a people with whom he never had any contact. May, however, had not created this unpleasant image of the Armenians himself; he had found it fully developed in a great many of the accounts of the adventures, military advisors, geographers, archeologists, hunters, missionaries, politicians, merchants, the ladies and gentlemen of leisure whom Europe and America of the travel-happy nineteenth century sent to the slowly disintegrating Ottoman empire. Generally speaking, their reports present an increasingly negative and unsavoury image of the Armenians as individuals and as a people.
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Type: Journal Article
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