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Eastern Christianity in the Middle East

Eastern Christianity in the Middle East

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Event date: Thursday 28th January, 11:00am to Thursday 3rd March, 12:30pm

Location: Rewley House Lecture Theatre, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford

A series of 6 lectures by ANTHONY O’MAHONY


This series of lectures explores the traditions, histories and contemporary context of Eastern Christianity in the Middle East. The modern Middle East has been a challenging environment for Christians and their churches – a period marked by the ending of the Ottoman Empire, colonialism and the creation of nation states; by genocide and displacement, interreligious conflict.

Christianity in the Middle East is complex and diverse, characterized by deep and rich religious and spiritual resources – Armenian, Coptic, Syriac. Despite challenges the Christian churches in the region have responded beyond survival with a profound and significant contribution to theology, spirituality and dialogue between religions.


THURSDAYS 11.00AM - 12.30PM

(10.30am - first week only) Registration at Rewley House Reception

28 JAN 2016
Eastern Christianity in the Middle East – ancient traditions, modern histories, contemporary challenges

4 FEB 2016
Between the desert and the world:Coptic Christianity in modern Egypt

11 FEB 2016
After the Genocide: Armenian and Syriac Christianity in the wider Western Asia

18 FEB 2016
Tradition at the heart of renewal: monasticism and spirituality in the Middle East today

25 FEB 2016
Conflict, displacement and revival: The Church of the East/Chaldean Church in Iraq

3 MAR 2016
Christianity and Jerusalem: The question of identity, religion and the politics of presence in the Holy land


Full booking and payment details can be downloaded here.


Angold, M. (ed), The Cambridge History of Christianity: Eastern Christianity Volume Five (Cambridge University Press, 2006)

Binns, J., An Introduction to the Christian Orthodox Churches (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002)

A.O’Mahony, A. et al. (eds), Eastern Christianity in the modern Middle East (London, Routledge, 2010)

A.O’Mahony, A., Christianity and Jerusalem: Studies in Theology and Politics in the Modern Holy Land (Gracewing Press, 2010)

Rassam, S., Christianity in Iraq (Leominister: Gracewing 2005)

Coffee / tea is provided in the Common Room before the lecture, from 10.30am.

Individual lecture tickets are not available.

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ANTHONY O’MAHONY is Reader in the History of Christianity, Heythrop College, University of London and a Research Fellow at Blackfriars, University of Oxford

Director of Studies:

REVD ROBIN GIBBONS,BA, MTh, MSt, PhD Director of Studies in Theology and Religious Studies, OUDCE.