Images of Jihad (Armenian Genocide)

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Photos Courtesy of Armeniapedia and Armin T. Wegner.

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The Tower of skulls - An artist’s impression of the signature image of the Armenian Genocide at Turkish hands.

As part of their Jihad against the Christians, the Ottomans encouraged the unlawful transfer of property, the dispossession of the rural Armenian population and compelled their emigration from their homeland. In this the Turks took inspiration and justification from the Qur'an.

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The Turks slaughtered millions of Armenians in Cold Blood in the ten centuries that they tyrannized Armenia from the year 1071 till 1920.
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Under repeated massacres and persecution, many Armenians were compelled to embrace Islam at the pain of death, hence the former southern provinces of Armenia that include Van, Bitlis, Erzerum, Kharpert, Sivas, Trebizond, Konya, Kayseri, Adana, Izmir, Bursa, Edirne became Muslim majority provinces, that were eventually absorbed by Turkey.
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Frustrated in their designs by the European powers, the Turks tried to regain through wanton cruelty what they had lost on the battlefield and the negotiating table. The Armenians were an easy target for the Turks and they began a genocide of the civilian Armenian population.
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In 19th century Muslim Turkey there were two forces that opposed one another – the Ottoman Sultan and the Young Turks. But they had one thing in common – both the Young Turks and the Ottoman Sultan had an equal measure of hatred towards the Armenians. Like the Sultans, the Young Turks also massacred the Armenians.
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To firmly secure and perpetuate Turkish rule in the remaining territories of the Ottoman state, the Ottoman Sultan Abdul-Hamid initiated a pogrom of ethnic cleansing through the mass slaughter of vast numbers of Armenians beginning in 1894.
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Turkish officers pose with beheaded Armenians. Muslims still behead their victims, as they did to Daniel Pearl. This method of killing is encouraged in the Qur'an.
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These images vividly capture the extent of Turkish brutality towards their non-Muslim subjects. The Armenians were the worst sufferers in recent times. And in the case of Armenia, photography was around to capture for posterity the crimes committed
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The net effect of the Ottoman era is summed up in the violent transformation of historic Armenia into Turkey. Thus what was once the homeland of Armenians from antiquity ruled by Armenian kings and chieftains from the sixth century B.C.E. till 1071, was finally purged of almost the entire Armenian population and was merged into Turkey. What is today Armenia is only one fourth of the north eastern part of historic Armenia.
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1915-1916, skulls, in various stages of decomposition, of Armenian deportees, some of whom may have been burned to death. Location: Ottoman empire, region Syria.
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Armenians hanged in the street in Constantinople before the deportation of the Armenians to the desert had begun. Frightened Armenian prisoners are looking on awaiting their turn, while the Ottoman Turkish soldiers look on as if it were a performance.

See Also

  • Genocide - A hub page that leads to other articles related to Genocide