Gagik Danielyan is an Armenologist and Arabist specializing in the history of Cilician Armenia and medieval Muslim historical writing. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in History from the Yerevan State University and completed his Ph.D. at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. The topic of his Ph.D. thesis was “Al-Maqrīzī’s Kitāb al-Sulūk as a Source for the History of Cilician Armenia in 1250-1310”.
Principal areas of his research interest include – but are not limited to – the political and diplomatic relations of Cilician Armenia with neighboring non-Christian states and powers (the Ayyubid Sultanate, the Mamluk Sultanate of Egypt and Syria, the Seljuq Sultanate of Rum, the Mongol Ilkhanate of Iran, the Turkmen Karamanids, etc.). His other interests cover medieval Armenian-Arabic historical and cross-cultural interactions in general, with a special emphasis on Medieval Arabic medical, veterinary, alchemical, and agricultural works, specimens of literary prose, such as fairy tales, geomantic and astrological texts and dreambooks (both Christian Arabic and Muslim Arabic writings) translated from Arabic into Armenian on the one hand and the Medieval Arabic translations of Armenian works on the other.
Gagik Danielyan has co-authored two collective monographs:
- A. Bozoyan (ed.), V. Ter-Ghevondian, R. Shukurov, G. Danielyan (2019), Cilician Armenia in the Perceptions of Adjacent Political Entities (Historical-philological essays), Yerevan;
- A. Bozoyan, G. Danielyan, M.-A. Chevalier (forthcoming 2023), Cilician Armenia in Documents of Political and Ecclesiastical Interrelations in the Near East (Issues of Diplomatics) (in Armenian and French).
He has authored a monoghaph:
G. Danielyan (trans. from the Arabic originals, the preface and notes, 2021), Mamluk Sources of the History of Cilician Armenia (I): Ibn ʿAbd al-Zāhir (Foreign Sources about Armenia and Armenians 20, Arabic Sources IV), Yerevan (in Armenian),
as well as a number of articles and book chapters, which can be found on his Academia.edu page
Within context of the ArmEn project G. Danielyan’s research will focus on Medieval Arabic sources which contain information on Armenian-Arab cultural and literary interactions between the 9th and 14th centuries.