Book Reveals How One Can Still Find Humanity in the Midst of Inhumanity

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Author Shahkeh Yaylaian Setian records stories of Muslims who defied government orders and saved Armenians during the 1915 Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust and subsequent genocides are tragic events that should be forever remembered. Despite this dark period, what is inspiring to know is that one can still find Humanity in the Midst of Inhumanity. Author, Doctor Shahkeh Yaylaian Setian feels the need to record the stories of Muslims who saved Armenians during the 1915 Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire, and she shares them in her new book. In recognizing the brave actions of these noble Muslims, she hopes to mitigate the unjust prejudice against all Muslims.She describes the geo-political situation of the Genocide times and other issues of interest, such as the betrayal of Armenians by the 1923 Lausanne Treaty which did not mention Armenia nor the Armenian massacres, essentially rewarding the perpetrators of the Genocide with the land of the victims. The omission of fairly settling the Armenian issue was in order for allies to control the oil wealth in the region. "He who owns the oil will rule the world." (M. Henry Berenger, French Senate, 12-12-1919)

Humanity in the Midst of Inhumanity features many stories about Muslims, other individuals, missionaries and other organizations that came to the aid of the suffering Armenians, which illustrate the many faces of humanity. Despite the threat by the government that anyone who helped an Armenian would have their house burned down, their family killed in front of them, and then he/she would be killed, these brave rescuers acted bravely out of their humanity. Lives were saved, but a country was lost. Humanitarian aid continued in ensuing years while Armenians, scattered throughout the world, reconstructed their shattered lives. Setian describes the after effects of the Armenian Genocide in its manifestations on individual lives, the Armenian community, and the political structures and actions of world powers, especially in America.Dr. Setian graphically includes the vicious treatment of victims in order to convey the horrors committed by government officials and out of control citizens that seared the atmosphere. And to illustrate that those who were tortured and murdered were not simply numbers reported in statistics, but were living, breathing children, women and men. Sadly, it also illustrates the inhumanity of man.

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About the Author
The daughter of Genocide survivors, Dr. Setian has three children and five grandchildren and lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She is sensitive to injustice and human rights and is dedicated to helping create a just and peaceful world.
She lived for a year as an independent volunteer in solidarity with the people that she wanted to help and whom she came to love in Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh), a country that was recovering from the little known war and attempted ethnic cleansing against the citizens of the Armenian enclave by neighboring Azerbaijan, a Turkish co-hort.
She taught at Springfield College, Massachusetts, Cape Cod Community College, and Artsakh State University and has faciliated workshops and presented talks about Genocide, Injustice, and Values. She has earned awards for short stories, has had several articles published, including photo journalist newspaper articles, and co-edited two volumes for the Values Realization Institute.
DR. Setian has earned a doctorate in Psychological Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and completed an intensive course in Armenian History and Language in Venice, Italy at Universita` degli Studi Ca` Foscari di Venezia.

Humanity in the Midst of Inhumanity * by Shahkeh Yaylaian Setian
Publication Date: October 6, 2011
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 240 pages; 978-1-4628-8424-7

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