she began research on her Doctor of Sciences in Philosophy thesis, published
in Beirut in 1991 as John of Erzenka: "Views from the Writings
of Islamic Philosophers" and Philosophical Treatises in the
Light of Their Islamic Sources, Dr. Seta Dadoyan, a teacher in AUB's
Civilization Sequence Program and the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture,
has been boldly breaking new ground.
Initiating a new discipline in Near Eastern Studies, Dadoyan's research
is opening up for scholars and researchers the Armenian cultural-political
experience in the medieval Islamic world .
In late January Dadoyan presented some of her findings in the United
States during a lecture tour given at the joint invitation of the Universities
of California (UCLA), Harvard, and Columbia. At UCLA, under the auspices
of the Departments of History and Near Eastern Studies, Dadoyan gave two
lectures. "Islam and the Armenian Universe: Historic Models and Historicity"
presented various models for the historic interaction of Armenians with
Muslims. Her second lecture, "Islamic Sources on Armenia and Armenians:
A Critical Exposé," surveyed Islamic sources vital to studies
in Armenian history and historiography.
Back on the east coast at the beginning of February, Dr. Dadoyan
presented a lecture at Harvard University entitled "New Light on
Armeno-Muslim Relations in the Middle Ages" under the auspices of
the Mashtots Chair in Armenian Studies and the Department of Near Eastern
Languages and Civilizations. At Columbia University she lectured on "Islam
and the Armenians" in a talk sponsored by the Department of Middle
East and Asian Languages and Cultures and the Armenian Studies Program.
Dadoyan's lectures set forth the main principles of her new approach.
She addressed four major issues: 1) the historic reality of the ongoing
Armenian experience in the Islamic world since the rise of Islam. 2) the
need to organize the "chaotic and vague sum of historic evidence"
of the historic record in medieval histories and in particular in Armenian,
Arab, Greek, and some Syriac sources, 3) the need for a critical discipline
involved in the reconstruction of historic reality. Such a discipline
demands the use of all sources, particularly Islamic sources. 4) The need
to recognize the significance of Islamic-Armenian studies in the understanding,
not only of "the Armenian experience in the medieval Islamic world,"
but also, and more importantly, in "Near Eastern cultural-political
'interactive' history, both past and present."
Dadoyan's presentations earned high praise from academics in the
sponsoring institutions. Professor Michael Morony of the Department of
History at UCLA said her lectures would raise "the consciousness
of people ....about the involvement of Armenians in the general history
of the Middle East." Professor James Russell of Harvard labeled her
lecture "an intellectual feast," and underscored the significance
of Dadoyan's studies: her work on Armenia in the Islamic cultural world,
he said, "is new, important, and very exciting." All three universities
have invited her to return as visiting scholar.
Dr. Dadoyan, who is currently teaching courses in the philosophy
of technology and in art and music appreciation in the Faculty of Engineering,
has published a number of articles on Islamic-Armenian relations and on
art and art appreciation. In addition to her thesis, her published books
include The Fatimid Armenians--Cultural and Political Interaction in
the Near East (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1997), Pages of West Armenian
Philosophical Thought (Beirut: AGBU, 1987), and Armenian Painting
in Lebanon in the Light of the Crisis of Identity (Beirut: Armenian
Catholicosate of Cilicia, 1984). Islam and the Armenian Universe: Historicity
and Historic Models, will be published by E.J. Brill in 2001.
Service Quality Workshop
Dr. Imad Baalbaki and Mrs. Leila Khauli Hanna of the Graduate School
of Business and Management presented a workshop at AUH on the topic of
The 24-hour workshop, requested by AUH through the REP Office,
took place between January 11 and 20 on REP premises. Twenty-one participants
attended from the AUH departments of Admitting, Billing, Collection, Comptroller,
General Services, Diagnostic Radiology, and Pathology and Lab Medicine.
The workshop covered customer service topics in the health care
industry, with emphasis on customer satisfaction, service quality, customer
styles, service failure and recovery, and steps for delivering premiere