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Christianity in Fifteenth-Century Iraq

Christianity in Fifteenth-Century Iraq

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Paperback / softback

£22.99

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781316637135
Number of Pages: 323
Published: 18/06/2020
Width: 15.3 cm
Height: 23 cm
Christians in fifteenth-century Iraq and al-Jazira were socially and culturally home in the Middle East, practicing their distinctive religion despite political instability. This insightful book challenges the normative Eurocentrism of scholarship on Christianity and the Islamic exceptionalism of much Middle Eastern history to reveal the often unexpected ways in which inter-religious interactions were peaceful or violent in this region. The multifaceted communal self-concept of the 'Church of the East' (so-called 'Nestorians') reveals cultural integration, with certain distinctive features. The process of patriarchal succession clearly borrowed ideas from surrounding Christian and Muslim groups, while public rituals and communal history reveal specifically Christian responses to concerns shared with Muslim neighbors. Drawing on sources from various languages, including Arabic, Armenian, Persian, and Syriac, this book opens new possibilities for understanding the rich, diverse, and fascinating society and culture that existed in Iraq during this time.

Thomas A. Carlson (Oklahoma State University)

Thomas A. Carlson is Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern History at Oklahoma State University. His research explores the religious, ethnic, and linguistic diversity of medieval society from Cairo to Samarqand to Constantinople, as well as the multifaceted and contingent process of Islamization. His articles have appeared in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the Journal of the American Oriental Society, Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies, and elsewhere.

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