Eastern Christianity, Theology, Literature, Culture and Politics Lecture Seminar Series (6th edition)

Date and time

22 Jan 2019 17:00 to 5 Mar 2019 17:00


The Allen and Overy room, Pembroke College, Oxford

This series will run on Tuesdays from 5:00-6:30pm. This series is free and all are welcome to attend.

Small in numbers relative to global Christianity, Multi-ethnic Eastern Christian communities are among the most ancient natives in the Middle East and the wider West Asia region. These lecture seminars highlight the rich historical, theological, literary and cultural heritage of Christian communities in presently much-troubled regions.

Conveners: Dr Hratch Tchilingirian and Professor Theo Maarten Van Lint

Week 2 | 22 January

Eastern christianity and Jerusalem modern presence and contemporary encounter and challenge - Dr Anthony O'Mahony. Chair, Eastern Catholic, Theology, the Pontificial Oriental Institute (Rome): Fellow, Blackfriers, Oxford.

Week 3 | 29 January

Remembering the Living and the Dead in the Colophons and Commemorative Notes of Armenian Manuscripts - Dr David Zakarian. British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford. 

Week 4 | 5 February

Christian Martyrs under Islam, ca. 660-860 AD - Dr Christian Sahner. Associate Professor of Islamic, History, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford.

Week 5 | 12 February 

The Syriac Renaissance (11th - 14th c): A Case of Ecumenism before ecumenism - Bogdan-Gabriel Draghici. DPhil student, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford.

Week 6 | 19 February (The Andrew Pitt room, Pembroke College)

Corrupting the relations between Muslims and Christians: Contemporary voices on the 1850 uprising in Aleppo - Dr Feras Krimsti. Research Associate, Faculty of History, Oxford. 

Week 7 | 26 February 

'Re-Islamisation' of public space and Christian communities in Turkey today - Dr Hratch Tchilingirian. Associate Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford. 

Week 8 | 5 March 

On Poetry, Poetics and the Gift of a Crosier: An Eleventh Century Letter by Grigor Pahlawuni Magistros to Katholikos Petros Getadarj - Professor Theo Maarten van Lint. Caluste Gulbenkian Professor of Armenian Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford.