11-18-2015: Challenges Facing Eastern Christianity Caught in Extremism and Destruction in the Middle East Talk by Hratch Tchilingirian

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Challenges Facing Eastern Christianity Caught in Extremism and Destruction in the Middle East

Talk by Hratch Tchilingirian

 

Wednesday, November, 18 2015 – 6:30-8:00 – Room 9206

The Middle East is the cradle of Christianity and multi-ethnic Christian communities are among the most ancient natives in the region. Four of the five of the most important hierarchical centres in Christianity are in the Middle East today whose roots go back to two millennia (namely, the Patriarchates of Antioch, Alexandria, Jerusalem and Constantinople). While small in numbers relative to global Christianity, communities in the Middle East, especially the Levant, have ecclesial significance for the wider Christian world. This talk will discuss the many challenges that Eastern Christians face in the Middle East today, including war, militant extremism, interreligious conflicts, exile, socio-economic decline and migration.

Prof. Hratch Tchilingirian is a sociologist of religion and associate faculty member of the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford. From 2002 to 2012 he taught and held various positions at University of Cambridge and has published and lectured extensively on inter-ethnic conflicts in the Caucasus, the Armenian Church, minorities in the Middle East, and Diaspora (www.hratch.info).

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015
6:30-8:00
Room 9206

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