Redefining Christian Identity Cultural Interaction in the Middle East Since the Rise of Islam

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  • ISBN-13: 9789042914186
  • ISBN: 9042914181
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Publisher: American School of Classical Studies at Athens


Berg, H. Murre-Van Den, Van Lint, T M, Ginkel, J. J. van


'Cultural interaction in the Middle East since the Rise of Islam'-- such was the title of a combined research project of the universities of Leiden and Groningen aimed at describing the various ways in which the christian communities of the Middle East expressed their distinct cultural identity in Muslim societies. As part of the project the symposium 'Redefining Christian Identity, Christian cultural strategies since the rise of Islam' took place at groningen University on April 7-10, 1999. This book contains the proceedings of this conference. From the articles it becomes clear that a number of distinct 'cultural starategies' can be identified, some of which were used very frequently, others only in certain groups or at particular periods of time. The three main strategies that are represented in the papers of this volume are: reinterpretation of the pre-Islamic Christian heritage; inculturation of elements context. Viewed in time, it is clear that the 'reinterpretation' of older Christian heritage was particularly important in the first two centuries after the rise of Islam, that 'inculturation' was the dominent theme of the Abbasid period, whereas from the Mongol period onwards, 'isolation' more and more often occurs, although inculturation of elements from the predominantly muslim environment never came to a complete standstill.Berg, H. Murre-Van Den is the author of 'Redefining Christian Identity Cultural Interaction in the Middle East Since the Rise of Islam', published 2006 under ISBN 9789042914186 and ISBN 9042914181.

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