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Christianity in the Middle East: present situation and future challenges

Christianity in the Middle East: present situation and future challenges

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Event date: Friday 17th June, 10:30am to Saturday 18th June, 6:00pm

Location: Bellarmine Room, Heythrop College

A conference hosted by the Centre for Eastern Christianity

International Conference - speakers include Dr. Sebastian Brock, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford; Revd. Dr. Vrej Neressian, Emeritus the Oriental Department the British Museum; Dr. Mariz Tadros, University of Sussex; Sr.Bridget Tighe; Professor Gerasimos Makris, Panteion University, Athens, Greece.


10:50-11:00 Conference Introduction and Welcome

Mary Grey (Chair of Trustees, Living Stones and Emeritus Professor, University of Wales, Lampeter) and Anthony O'Mahony (Director Centre for Eastern Christianity, Heythrop College)

11:00-12:30 Christianity in Iraq: Present challenges and future perspectives

Erica Hunter (School of Oriental & African Studies, University ofLondon), Suha Rassam (ICIN), Kristian Girling (Heythrop College, University of London)

12:30-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:00 Contemporary situation for the Christians of Iraq

HG Boutrous Moshe (Syrian Catholic Archbishop of Mosul and Erbil) with contribution from Rev. Fr Ameer Jaje OP

14.00-15.00 Coptic Christianity in contemporary Egypt
Mariz Tadros (Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex)

15:00-15:30 Break

15:30-16:30 Syriac Christianity in the modern Middle East


Sebastian Brock (The Oriental Institute, University of Oxford)

16:30-17:15 Reflections on Eastern Christianity and Muslim-Christian relations in Syria - a western Christian perspective
Revd. Andrew Ashdown (Theology Group, Living Stones of the Holy Land Trust)



10:30-12:00 Christianity in Syria: Present challenges and future perspectives


Rev. Nadim Nassar and Huda Nassar (Awareness Foundation & Theology Group, Living Stones of the Holy Land Trust)

12:10-13:00 One More Bridge to cross: Syrian Refugees in Greece on their Way to Paradise
Gerasimos Makris (Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the Panteion University, Athens)

13:00-13:45 Lunch

13:45-14:45 Christianity in the Holy Land
Sr Bridget Tighe FMDM

15:00-15:50 Christian churches in Jordan: political, religious and communal context
Paolo Maggiolini (Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI) and the Catholic University of Milan)

15:50-16:00 Break

16:00-16:40 Christianity in Jerusalem: social relations, border makings and their crossing
Georgios Tsourous (School of Anthropology, University of Kent)

16:40-17:30 Final Reflection – The Future of Christianity in the Middle East
Hratch Tchilingirian (The Oriental Institute, University of Oxford); Anthony O’Mahony, (Heythrop College, University of London)

All are welcome
Conference fee £15.00 per day (to be paid on the day)
For further information please contact Kristian Girling:


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