Religious origins of nations? [electronic resource] : the Christian communities of the Middle East /
edited by Bas ter Haar Romeny.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010.
xvii, 366 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
9004173757 (hardback : alk. paper), 9789004173750 (hardback : alk. paper)
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Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010.
9004173757 (hardback : alk. paper)
9789004173750 (hardback : alk. paper)
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Proceedings of a symposium held at the castle Oud Poelgeest near Leiden, Netherlands.
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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" eye-opener for the complexity of today's nationalism." Chris Vonck, European Observatory of Religions and Secularism, in Acta Comparanda XXI "I am genuinely impressed by this volume; the individual authors have engaged well with the subject. This book will be a very rich contribution to the field." Robert Hoyland, University of Oxford "[This] volume is both stimulating and worthwhile; the contributions, all by leading scholars in their respective fields, are consistently of a high quality." Sebastian P. Brock, Oxford University Oriental Institute, in: Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, Vol. 52, Nos. 1-2, pp. 125-128.
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Main Description
This volume presents the results of the Leiden project on the identity formation of the Syrian Orthodox Christians, which developed from a religious association into an ethnic community. A number of specialists react to the findings and discuss the cases of the East Syrians, Armenians, Copts, and Ethiopians.
Main Description
Though nations are nowadays seen as the product of modernity, comparable processes of community building were taking place even earlier. Thus the history of the Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, and Syrian Christians shows that close-knit ethnic groups already existed in Late Antiquity and early medieval times. These communities have endured to the present day. However, there is much debate as to how they came into existence and defined themselves. The role of religion is central to this debate. A major interdisciplinary research project conducted at Leiden University investigated the identity formation of the Syriac Orthodox. It is argued that they started as a religious association.This volume presents the results of the Leiden team together with reactions from a number of other specialists. The cases of the East Syrians, Armenians, Copts, Ethiopians, and Byzantine Orthodox are discussed in five additional contributions.Contributors include: Naures Atto, Annemarie Weyl Carr, Muriel Debiè, Jan van Ginkel, Wim Hofstee, Mat Immerzeel, Steven Kaplan, Theo van Lint, Glenn Peers, Richard Price, Gerrit Reinink, Bas ter Haar Romeny, Uriel Simonsohn, Bas Snelders, David Taylor, Herman Teule, Jacques van der Vliet, and Dorothea Weltecke.
Description for Reader
All those interested in Late Antiquity and early medieval times, Eastern Christianity, as well as identity formation and ethnicity (as evidenced in historiography, biblical interpretation, and art).
Table of Contents
Contributorsp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Presentation of the results of the Leiden project
The Formation of a Communal Identity among West Syrian Christians: Results and Conclusions of the Leiden Projectp. 1
Reaction from a social scientist
Family Matters: Community, Ethnicity, and Multiculturalismp. 53
Contribution from a specialist in Syriac exegesis
The Psalm Commentary of Daniel of Salah and the Formation of Sixth-Century Syrian Orthodox Identityp. 65
Contributions from specialist in Syriac historiography
Syriac Historiography and Identity Formationp. 93
Michael the Syrian and Syriac Orthodox Identityp. 115
Contributions from art historians
Iconography and Identity: Syrian Elements in the Art of Crusader Cyprusp. 127
Art and Identity in an Amulet Roll from Fourteenth-Century Trebizondp. 153
Other sources for our knowledge of the identity formation of the Syrian Orthodox
Reflections on Identity. The Suryoye of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries: Bar Salibi, Bar Shakko, and Barhebraeusp. 179
Seeking Justice among the 'Outsiders': Christian Recourse to Non-Ecclesiastical Judicial Systems under Early Islamp. 191
Cases that may be comparable
Tradition and the Formation of the 'Nestorian' Identity in Sixth- to Seventh-Century Iraqp. 217
The Formation of Armenian Identity in the First Milleniump. 251
The Copts: 'Modern Sons of the Pharaohs'?p. 279
Dominance and Diversity: Kingship, Ethnicity, and Christianity in Orthodox Ethiopiap. 291
The Development of a Chalcedonian Identity in Byzantium (451-553)p. 307
Epilogue: Religious Origins of Nations?p. 327
General Indexp. 343
Index of Modern Authorsp. 357
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