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Armenian Girls’ Education in Nineteenth-Century Iran

Houri Berberian

How the arrival of protestant missionaries prompted the introduction of girls' schools in Armenian communities in Iran.

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November 2021


Armenian Girls’ Education in Nineteenth-Century Iran

Dr. Berberian gives an interesting account of the introduction of girls’ schools in Armenian communities in Iran. While schools for boys existed as early as the seventeenth century, girls did not have access to formal education until the arrival of protestant missionaries, whose particular brand of education soon prompted the establishment of locally sponsored schools for girls throughout Armenian communities. 


Dr. Houri Berberian is Professor of History, Meghrouni Family Presidential Chair in Armenian Studies, and Director of the Armenian Studies Program at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of a number of articles and two books, Armenians and the Iranian Constitutional Revolution of 1905-1911: “The Love for Freedom Has No Fatherland” (Routledge, 2001) and Roving Revolutionaries: Armenians and the Connected Revolutions in the Russian, Iranian, and Ottoman Worlds (UC Press, 2019).


Topics: Education History Women's Studies