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Religious origins of nations? [electronic resource] : the Christian communities of the Middle East / edited by Bas ter Haar Romeny.

Contributor(s): Haar Romeny, R. B. ter.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 366 p.) : ill.ISBN: 9789004173750 (electronic bk.); 9004173757 (electronic bk.); 9789047444367 (electronic bk.); 9047444361 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Christians -- Middle East -- History | Christian communities -- Middle East | Religious minorities -- Middle East -- History | Identification (Religion) | Middle East -- Church history | Middle East -- History | Church history -- Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600 | Church history -- Middle Ages, 600-1500 | Christian communities | Christians | Church history | History | Middle Ages, 600-1500 | Middle East | Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600 | Religious minorities | Religion | RELIGION -- Christianity -- OrthodoxGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Religious origins of nations?DDC classification: 281/.50956 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Contributors; Preface; Articles; Presentation of the results of the Leiden project; Reaction from a social scientist; Contribution from a specialist in Syriac exegesis; Contributions from specialists in Syriac historiography; Contributions from art historians; Other sources for our knowledge of the identity formation of the Syrian Orthodox; Cases that may be comparable; Bas ter Haar Romeny, Epilogue: Religious Origins of Nations?; General Index; Index of Modern Authors.
Summary: Though nations are nowadays seen as the product of modernity, comparable processes of community building were taking place even earlier. Thus the history of the Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, and Syrian Christians shows that close-knit ethnic groups already existed in Late Antiquity and early medieval times. These communities have endured to the present day. However, there is much debate as to how they came into existence and defined themselves. The role of religion is central to this debate. A major interdisciplinary research project conducted at Leiden University investigated the identity form.
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Proceedings of a symposium held at the castle Oud Poelgeest near Leiden, Netherlands.

Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

Contributors; Preface; Articles; Presentation of the results of the Leiden project; Reaction from a social scientist; Contribution from a specialist in Syriac exegesis; Contributions from specialists in Syriac historiography; Contributions from art historians; Other sources for our knowledge of the identity formation of the Syrian Orthodox; Cases that may be comparable; Bas ter Haar Romeny, Epilogue: Religious Origins of Nations?; General Index; Index of Modern Authors.

Though nations are nowadays seen as the product of modernity, comparable processes of community building were taking place even earlier. Thus the history of the Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, and Syrian Christians shows that close-knit ethnic groups already existed in Late Antiquity and early medieval times. These communities have endured to the present day. However, there is much debate as to how they came into existence and defined themselves. The role of religion is central to this debate. A major interdisciplinary research project conducted at Leiden University investigated the identity form.

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