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Early Christianity in Syria, Iran, and Iraq


In the first millennium, Christianity thrived throughout the Middle East. Because Roman Catholic and Protestant churches later declared many of these Christians to be heretics, their stories have often been excluded from the history of Christianity. This course challenges the assumption of Christianity as a "Western" religion and asks how our understanding of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages changes when we broaden our geography beyond "the West." Our seminar will focus on the early and medieval Syriac churches and we will concentrate on reading (in translation) early Syriac texts including stories of a transvestite nun, a letter allegedly written by Jesus, ancient Christian hymns, the story of a demon-possessed monastery, and the first Christian writings on Islam.

Letter or Credit/No Credit
Course ID: 
220 522

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