Akarak is a village in the Alexandropol uezd of the former Iravan governorate, later in the former Talin district, in the present province of Aragatsotn. The provincial centre lies 6 km to the northwest of the town of Ashtarak, at a height of 1,100 m above sea level. Another name for the village was Kharaba Akarak.

The village was inhabited only by Azerbijanis – 70 in 1831, 301 in 1873, 367 in 1886, 482 in 1897, 284 in 1904, 301 in 1914 and 601 Azerbijanis in 1916. In 1918 the village was exposed to aggression by Armenian armed units; the original inhabitants of the village, who were Azerbaijanis, were deported from their historical-ethnic territories and in 1920 the Armenians, who had been removed from the Turkish provinces of Van, Mush, Bitlis, Sasun, were settled there. The surviving Azerbaijanis, who had left the village managed to return to their ancestral land after the establishment of Soviet power in the present-day Armenian territory. Along with the Armenians, 12 Azerbaijanis lived there in 1922. In 1924 they were driven out of their own territories again. At present, only Armenians live in the village.

The toponym was coined on the basis of the Turkic ethnonym “akar”. At present, the name of the settlement is written in Armenian as “Aqarak” in official documents.

According to the law “On the administrative-territorial division of the Republic of Armenia” dated 7 November 1995, it was integrated into the administrative area of the Aragatsotn province.

Geographic coordinates: latitude: 40°20′ N., longitude: 44°04′ E.