BA in Religious Studies, Semitic Languages, Art History or any other relevant discipline. Basic knowledge of at least one Middle Eastern Christian community.
In this thematically oriented seminar, the identity formation of different groups of eastern Christians will be studied. In an intricate process of adoption and rejection, the groups selected elements from the cultures to which they were heirs and from those with which they came into contact, thus defining a position of their own. The manner in which the different groups did this will be compared. In addition to the political history, the role of religion and art will also be treated.
Knowledge of the theoretical aspects of identity, identity formation, and ethnicity.
Insight in the process of identity formation of one or more Middle Eastern Christian communities.
Insight in the role of art and religion in this process.
Ability to assess the contribution of a particular text or work of art to this process.
Mode of instruction
Presentation in class and essay.
There is no blackboard site for this course.
R.B. ter Haar Romeny (ed.), Religious Origins of Nations? The Christian Communities of the Middle East (Leiden: Brill, 2010).
Additional literature will be discussed in class.
This course is compulsory for people specializing in Christianity in the Middle East; others can take it as an elective.
Research Master students get additional assignments.