YEREVAN (Armenpress)–A well-known French-Armenian mathematician–historian and art critic Claude Armen Mutafian was awarded the "Doctor of History" title for his comprehensive study of Armenian Diplomacy of the Cilician Kingdom during the period of Crusaders.
The study was coordinated by Sorbonne Professor Michel Palard.
Speaking at the awarding ceremony–Mutafian explained that his first interest towards the mediaeval Armenian kingdom of Cilicia that had been keeping close contacts with Europe and especially with France–aroused when he first visited Cilicia (now in south-western Turkey). Following that visit Mutafian authored a book–which he called "Cilicia on the Crossroads of Empires." He then organized two Cilicia-devoted exhibitions in Paris and the Vatican.
Mutafian’s latest work encompasses almost all aspects of the three-century long history of the Armenian kingdom.
Mutafian is a member of the Armenian Academy of Sciences–an honorary doctor of Yerevan State University. He is the son of a well-known painter Zareh Mutafian. He worked in USA–Cuba–Mexico and Armenia and was an active participant of festive events devoted to an anniversary of famous Armenian sea-painter Ivan Ayvazovsky in the Crimea.