This Group seeks submissions on the following topics:
Middle Eastern Christians — betwixt and between. We seek papers that explore the intercultural and interreligious dynamics of various roles played by Middle Eastern Christians, both in the Islamic world and abroad. How do Middle Eastern Christians stand betwixt and between cultures? Possible topics might include identity (challenges, expressions, hybridity), conflict and mediation (Christian–Muslim relations, Western–Middle Eastern relations), integration in society (identity during the Crusades, nationalism and modern imperialism, or in modern emigrant communities), politics (the Coptic Pope in Western politics), etc.
For a cosponsored session with the Religion and Migration Group and Contemporary Islam Group, exploring Middle Eastern Christian and/or Muslim migrant communities. Participants are encouraged to submit proposals with sound methodologies that address issues related to migration
For a cosponsored session with the SBL Syriac Literature and Interpretations of Sacred Texts Group, emerging theologies of Middle Eastern Christian communities analyzing Christian theology in the Middle East. We invite research on all branches of Christian theology in all historical periods, with an emphasis on its relevance to current theological trends among Middle Eastern Christians
We also encourage proposals that interpret theology broadly; the panel could conceivably address an array of topics related to contemporary doctrine, ecumenism, ecclesiology, interfaith relations, biblical and Qur’anic hermeneutics, hagiography, philosophy, or religious thought generally.