Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900

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The monk Mkrtič‘
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Mkrtič‘ Abełay

Date of Birth: Late 15th century

Place of Birth: Armenian Plateau

Date of Death: Unknown

Place of Death: Unknown


In his martyrdom narrative, Mkrtič‘ gives his own ecclesiastical rank as abełay (monk) and indicates that he is lusarar (sacristan) and awelacu (sweeper) of the Armenian church of St Kirakos in Amid, one of several clergy associated with the shrine who enjoy his protagonist Putax’…

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Cowe, Peter, “The monk Mkrtič‘”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 25 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2015

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