SOAS University of London

Centre of World Christianity

Christians Across the Crescent


Date: 8 July 2017Time: 10:30 AM

Finishes: 8 July 2017Time: 4:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Workshop

The Workshop aims to highlight the situation of various Christian communities ‘across the Crescent’ in Egypt and the Middle East, with speakers largely drawn from within the communities. As we are all aware there have been huge demographic shifts in response to Da’esh, these continuing experiences in 1915 ( ‘Seyfo’).

The Christian communities have been seriously affected raising serious concerns about their viable presence in the Middle East. Even with the prospect of the liberation of Mosul from Da’esh there are real concerns about whether the Christians will return to that city which hosted communities for 1600 years. The Workshop also considers the non-Muslim communities who have been afflicted.

Amongst the many issues to be addressed, is the question, how have the various Christian groups responded to the rise of Da’esh and Islamic extremism? How do they see their futures and their relations with their Muslim neighbours? What measures do they propose to secure their on-going continuity? Geographical, historical, political and economic factors, of course, all play important roles.

The Workshop will also include a book launch of the volume edited by David Gaunt, Naures Atto and Soner A. Barthoma: LET THEM NOT RETURN: Sayfo - The Genocide against the Assyrian, Syriac and Chaldean Christians in the Ottoman Empire:

David Gaunt and Naures Atto will both be speaking at the Workshop. Other speakers include Mariz Tadros (Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex), Hratch Tchilingirian (Oriental Institute, University of Oxford) and Anthony O’Mahony (Heythrop) who will talk about the Eastern Catholic churches.

The conference is open to the public and is gratis. In order to attend, please send the registration form to Erica Hunter,

Organiser: Dr Erica Hunter

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