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Conference: Christianity in Iraq II

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  • George Kiraz (BM)
    From Dr. Erica Hunter. Christianity in Iraq II: Synopsis Located strategically on great trade-routes, Iraq was a natural starting point for various missionary
    Message 1 of 3 , Mar 2, 2005
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      From Dr. Erica Hunter.

       

       

       

      Christianity in Iraq II: Synopsis

      Located strategically on great trade-routes, Iraq

      was a natural starting point for various

      missionary expeditions by land and by sea. By

      the fifth century, a string of dioceses stretched

      across Iran to Afghanistan and Central Asia

      where the city of Merv served as the

      headquarters for missions east of the Oxus

      River, amongst both Turkic and Iranian peoples.

      Trade also played an important role in the

      spread of the Church of the East from southern

      Iraq down the Gulf to India .

      During the Abbassid period, particularly under

      the incumbency of Patriarch Timothy I, the

      Church of the East had dioceses in the Yemen ,

      Tibet and as far as China . Although Christianity

      was expelled from China at the end of the T'ang

      dynasty, it returned several centuries later in the

      Mongol period. Syriac inscriptions at Tokmek

      and Pishpak provide remarkable evidence of

      widespread medieval communities in Central

      Asia. Tombstones from Quanzhou in China are

      testimony of the expanse of Syriac Christianity

      up to the fourteenth century.

      The Churches of Iraq have once again

      assumed a global dimension in the twentieth

      and twenty-first centuries. Diaspora

      communities have now emerged in Europe ,

      England, north America and Australia . Like

      their venerable counterparts, they are faced

      with challenges of multi-culturalism, linguistic

      diffusion and competing religions as well as

      distance from each other and Iraq . Many of

      these challenges will take considerable effort to

      overcome, but the new electronic age provides

      some solutions. Far-flung congregations are

      now able to be linked by the internet and e-mail

      and maintain a new international identity.

       

       

      PROGRAMME (provisional)

      Morning Session.

      [10.00 A.M. – 12.30 P.M.]

      The missions of the Churches of Iraq

      The morning session will consist of a series of

      papers exploring the historical spread of the

      Churches of Iraq up to the fourteenth century.

      Speakers include:

      Prof. John Healey ( Manchester )

      Christians in the Gulf in the 7th century A.D.

      Dr. Wassilios Klein ( Bonn )

      Syriac inscriptions from Tokmek and Pishpek,

      Central Asia [illustrated]

      Dr. Erica C.D. Hunter (SOAS/Cambridge)

      Christian communities in Yuan dynasty China

      [illustrated]

      Mar Aprem ( India )

      The mission of the Church of the East to India .

       

       

      Afternoon Session.

      [2.00 – 4.30 P.M.]

      The modern diaspora of the Churches of Iraq.

      The afternoon session investigates the

      problems and challenges encountered by the

      diaspora communities today. The current

      situation will be discussed by representatives of

      the various Syriac Churches [the Assyrians,

      Chaldaeans, Syrian Orthodox and Syrian

      Catholic].

      Dr. George Kiraz (Beth Mardutho Institute,

      USA) will conclude the day talking about "the

      role of the Beth Mardutho and the global

      aspects of bringing Syriac studies anywhere,

      anytime."

       

       

       

      Christianity in Iraq II: Application

      Form

      NAME (S):

      ADDRESS:

      Day time tel.no.

      e-mail address:

      Please circle fee enclosed

      Full £25.00

      BSAI Member £20.00

      AECA Member £20.00

      Student £10.00*

      · Please send proof of student status.

      Fees include lunch, morning and afternoon

      tea/coffee.

      Do you require disabled access? Yes/No

      Please send this form with your remittance

      by Monday April 4th

      (cheques should be made payable to Dr.

      Erica Hunter):

      Dr. Erica C.D. Hunter,

      Dept. for the Study of Religion,

      School of Oriental and African Studies,

      Thornhaugh Street,

      LONDON WC1H 0XG

      For further details, please contact:

      e-mail: eh1@...

      Fax: 01223- 566493

      www.easternchristianity.com

       

       

       

       

    • MakhloufAM@aol.com
      DATES PLEASE; year/ month/days. I am interested in this Avril Makhlouf
      Message 2 of 3 , Mar 3, 2005
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        DATES  PLEASE;  year/ month/days.
         
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        Avril Makhlouf
      • triprussell@aol.com
        Thank you for the notice of the conference on Christianity in Iraq. I cannot be in London then, but hope the proceedings will be published (with the
        Message 3 of 3 , Mar 7, 2005
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          Thank you for the notice of the conference on Christianity in Iraq. I cannot be in London then, but hope the proceedings will be published (with the illustrations!).
          Paul Russell
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