Photo: Ottoman Armenian Krikor Zohrab, journalist, parliamentarian, university professor.
The Young Turks and the Young Ottomans are the most popular Ottoman intellectuals. Namık Kemal, İbrahim Şinasi, Ziya Paşa and Abdullah Cevdet are renowned intellectuals who are considered Young Turks. These are names we are familiar with; however, there are also some leading figures most of us do not remember: Ottoman-Armenian intellectuals. One of these intellectuals attempted to translate the Quran and the Seerah (biographical texts on the Prophet Muhammad) into the Armenian language; another tried to launch a Western-style music school. Some of them were deputies in Parliament, whereas others were members of the Committee of Union and Progress. But all were Ottomans. And, sadly, they were taken to either Çankırı or Ayaş after massive arrests on April 24, shortly before the mass deportation. In the following few posts I will tell the stories of these Armenian intellectuals.
Zohrab was elected after the pronouncement of the second constitutional monarchy as an İstanbul deputy; he was one of the Armenian representatives of the Committee for Union and Progress in Parliament. Zohrab, one of the most active members of Parliament, was famous for his eloquent speeches. He addressed a large audience in Turkish on July 31, 1908 in the Taksim Municipal Garden. He ended his speech saying: “We have different religions; but we do have the same path. And that path is the road to freedom.”
These remarks suggest that Zohrab was an Ottoman. He was not a nationalist; he was a pro-Ottoman intellectual. He supported the idea of promoting different identities on the basis of a common Ottoman identity. He worked to foster brotherhood between Armenians and Turks. For this reason, he defined himself as both a Turk and an Armenian.
He had a lot of friends, including Talat Paşa, the most powerful man of the time. According to Izrail, both were Freemasons. During the massive wave of arrests on April 24, Zohrab, like Erzurum deputy Vartkes Serengülyan, was comfortable, feeling no pressure at all. But this did not last long; while having dinner and playing cards on June 2 at the Cercle d’Orient, a social club and restaurant, Zohrab got up to leave, and Talat also stood up and kissed him on the cheek. Surprised, Zohrab asked why; Talat said he had wanted to do so.
This is known as a kiss of death, because that same day, Talat signed the papers for the arrest of Zohrab and his deportation to Diyarbakır. Talat was aware that this simply meant death. Despite their friendship, Talat did not hesitate to make this move. Zohrab was killed in Urfa; his head was smashed with a stone.
Source: Nesim Ovadya Izrail (2014, April 20). Forgotten Ottoman legacy: Armenian intellectuals.Today’s Zaman [Istanbul, Turkey]
hey biryani-barbie, thanks for the idea hahaha
:’-) i’m actually really proud of this
An average day’s worth of straight men in Amiyah Scott’s mentions. It’s one thing to dislike someone and to talk about them, but to go into their mentions?
This is so terrifying
This isn’t about disliking someone, this is transmisogyny, transmisogynoir, transophobia. This is hatred, in the strongest form. All these folks in her mentions can burn in a fire, get hit by a bus, whatever they aren’t deemed worth living to me. This is how unsafe Black Transwomen are, they can’t even exist in the comfort of their own space at home, on the internet without threats of violence, this horrific, and disgusting.
and what makes me so mad, and what’s an attitude that really needs to be fucking addressed in our community, is that so many of these men are threatening violence against her because they believe she’s trying to trick them. like this is how the media fucks with our perceptions because trans women have always been set up as a ‘trap’ to threaten the sexuality of the hetero-hypermale. they are operating within the myth that a) black women’s bodies automatically belong to black men for the pursuit of their pleasure and b) trans women’s bodies are ‘false’ and ‘deceitful’ female bodies, and by merely existing they are a threat to male heterosexuality.
trans women’s bodies are women’s bodies. women’s bodies belong to themselves. the world does not revolve around your shriveled ego and the satisfaction of your tragic libido.
^^ yes that. They’re attracted to them and their scared of it so they hate them.
i dont rly think josh macedo had good politics tho lmao but there are lots of creepy leftist men everywhere
i didn’t follow him or know much about him before he was exposed, but yeah. there are creepy men, in general, everywhere tbh
well, you shouldn’t really feel guilty. i may have not done done anything wrong, but you are completely justified in not trusting me, or anyone else on this website, what with the vast amount of creeps here
Hey friends! If you’ve been following me since February I am very sorry to annoy you with yet another post about my ex boyfriend Steve, shavingryansprivates, regarding his awful behavior towards others.
A few months ago I spoke openly about how he sexually assaulted me while we were together sometime in December or January. After publicly speaking about his mistreatment towards me, 3 girls messaged me sharing their experiences with him. Amid exposing male bloggers for their predatory behavior recently, 4 more have come forward to tell me about their experiences with him.
So I’m compiling this post so his other victims can share their stories and have their voices heard. Just so everyone knows, it’s a very long post.
Warning: there are mentions of #sexual assault, #emotional abuse, and #predatory behavior so please exercise caution if you continue to read.
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idk i feel vain i’ve been listening to it nonstop lol i’m just really proud of it
making electronic music is fun B-)