Middle East Christianity: A Historic and Living Tradition.

Depending on public health guidelines related to COVID-19, plans for a residential offering are subject to change.

Week 1

Origins of Christian Churches of the Middle East
Coptic Christianity
Syriac-Speaking Communities of Syria and Lebanon
Investigating the Relationship between Christians and Muslims historically
Site visit to St. Sharbel’s Maronite Church community in Peoria, IL

Week 2

Engaging the Genre of Middle Eastern Christian Inter-religious Texts
Modern Interreligious Dynamics
The Ottoman Empire
Topics of Gender and Identity in the Modern Age
Field trips to Chicago Middle Eastern Church communities

Week 3

Coptic women
Liturgical and popular music in Middle Eastern Christian communities
Arab Christians in the USA—immigration and participation in other societies
Identity in a globalized world
Participant Presentations of their Curricular Work

The Middle Eastern Christianity NEH Summer Institute has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.

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