Why didn't Armenians or Georgians ever become Muslim like the Anatolians, Azeris, Circassians, et cetera did?

Dec 2015
482
Middle East
#21
I don't know too much about the topic of religious conversion in the Near East and Caucasus, but wasn't Armenia the first country in history to officially designate Christianity as their state religion? With that type of history, it's hard to imagine how religious conversion could ever achieve large-scale success. It would be like expecting Arabia to convert to Christianity.
No, Armenia was not the first country to convert to Christianity. The Kingdom of Edessa was the first country although this kingdom no longer exists. Besides the ruling elites of Armenia and Georgia were always of Iranian origin making them Armenian-not-so-much: Arsacid dynasty of Armenia - Wikipedia

Even the saint that made Armenia a Christian country was not an Armenian Gregory the Illuminator - Wikipedia
 
Nov 2010
3,738
Western Eurasia
#22
Apparently the remarkable Danishmend dynasty and their principality was also founded by muslim Armenians from Georgia, though as Seljuk clients they soon Turkified (and in modern Turkish historiography their origin is not really advertized :D).
 
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Sep 2016
885
Georgia
#26
No, Armenia was not the first country to convert to Christianity. The Kingdom of Edessa was the first country although this kingdom no longer exists. Besides the ruling elites of Armenia and Georgia were always of Iranian origin making them Armenian-not-so-much: Arsacid dynasty of Armenia - Wikipedia

Even the saint that made Armenia a Christian country was not an Armenian Gregory the Illuminator - Wikipedia
Anglo-Saxons were not native population of England and instead Germanic tribes. Not to mention, that there was never Anglo-Saxon king in England after 1066.

Franks were Germanic tribes and not native population of Gaul.

Last 2 dynasties in Spain that ruled for centuries were not Spanish: Habsburgs and Bourbons.

Habsburgs originated from parts of Alsace and northern Switzerland. They acquired Austria only in 13th century, after Rudolf I defeated Ottokar II of Bohemia in Battle on Marchfeld in 1278.

Rurik was not a Slav.

Bernadottes are not Swedish.

It is also not surprising that Gregory the Illuminator was not an Armenian. Christianity didn't originate in that region, after all.
 
Feb 2019
42
Planet Earth
#27
Yes, it did. There are Muslims today as well. Especially in regions like Marneuli and etc. However, majority of population in the country are Christians.
It is, because the very unfortunate fate of Georgian Muslims at some points of history. Hadn't it been for Russian and later Stalin's rule that both cleansed large Muslim populations from Georgia the country could very well be Islamic today.

It's interesting that there is no significant Laz population, for instance. I'm guessing those were displaced too.
 

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