Hamshen Armenian Publication Planned in Turkey

A view of Çamlıhemşin, a district of Turkey's Rize Province mostly populated by Hamshen Armenians. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)


RIZE, Turkey—Hamshen Armenians in Turkey have announced plans for a periodical publication in the Hamshen Armenian dialect in Turkey, Akunq.net reports. The purpose of the publication, according to its planners, is to maintain the Hamshen Armenian language and culture and ensure its continuation in the future generations.

The publication, to be printed bi-annually at first, will be named “Gor,” Hamshen Armenian for “volunteer work.” The organizers of the periodical have called on all Hamshen Armenians in Turkey and abroad to contribute to the publication, Akunq.net says, citing Turkey’s Dicle newspaper.

According to Dicle, the magazine’s publishers — comprised of writers, journalists, researchers, students, and artists – aim to publish the first issue of Gor in September. The organizers plan on publishing the periodical every six months at first and on creating opportunities for participation from the wider community in the magazine’s publication.

The publishers say the magazine will consist mostly of stories concerning Hamshen Armenians and their communities. In this regard, Gor’s publication will be unprecedented in Turkey.

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