IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1427: Christianity in the Islamic World, V: Achievements and Prospects of Research - A Round Table Discussion

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 19.00-20.00

Organiser:Krisztina Szilágyi, Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Jon Hoover, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, University of Nottingham

The Christians of the Islamic world, unlike those of the medieval West, held diverse theological doctrines and used a variety of liturgical languages (Syriac, Coptic, Arabic, Greek, Armenian, Latin, etc.). They retained their numerical majority for centuries after the Arab conquests and even longer their cultural and economic significance. Their patrimony reveals strategies of coping, instances of efflorescence in often adverse circumstances, and tenacity in the face of loss. Christian sources frequently provide a crucial corrective to Muslim ones not only in Christian but also Muslim matters. The round table discussion considers what has been achieved in their study over the past few decades and suggests avenues of research for the future.

Participants include Igor Dorfmann-Lazarev (University of London), Emilio González Ferrín (Universidad de Sevilla), Lucy-Anne Hunt (Manchester Metropolitan University), Geoffrey Khan (University of Cambridge), Sarah Stroumsa (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Hidemi Takahashi (University of Tokyo), and David Richard Thomas (University of Birmingham).