SOAS University of London

Centre of Islamic Studies

Mission of Love-Visiting Christian and Moslem communities in Syria 2018

Dr. Erica Hunter (SOAS)

Date: 4 December 2019Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 4 December 2019Time: 2:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: S312

Type of Event: Seminar


Christians and Moslems have co-existed in Syria since the establishment of the Ummayid Empire. Today both communities in Syria have experienced tremendous hardship since the onset of the civil war in 2011. The author's illustrated lecture will detail her visit to Damascus, Homs and Aleppo in April 2018, and will comment on the current situation as well as what might the prospects for the future.


Dr Erica Hunter joined SOAS in 1999 where she is Senior Lecturer in Eastern Christianity and is Chair of the Centre of Eastern and Orthodox Christianity. Hunter is an international authority on 'Mesopotamian' Christianity and its spread through the Gulf, Iran, Central Asia and China; she is particularly interested in the role and situation of minority Aramaic-speaking ethno-religious communities (Christians, Mandaeans, Manichaeans and Jews) in Mesopotamia, from Sassanid times until today.

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