If a person's father is Assyrian/Kurd/minority, and the mother Armenian, what would the Ottoman authorities consider/label that person?
What about a person who is 3/4 Armenian and had a Turk as his paternal grandfather and kept his name, but culturally Armenian, be considered?
What about Armenian merchants who lived in cities for generations, and converted to Islam?
those that changed their name to a Turkish one?
And in all these cases, if was advatagous for the Armenians to not call themselves officially armenians, but secretly still consdiered themselves to be Armenians, then would it not account for the population difference?
Quite appropriate well-aimed questions... Basically I have no solid answer. Plus, I am not aware of any study which may give answers for these questions. I can only guess.
On the other hand, all these probabilities, although quite harsh by nature themselves, help the thesis why 1.5 million Armenian could not be perished in 1915-1918 period.
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