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AAR Annual Meeting
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November 19-22, 2016

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Middle Eastern Christianity Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group is devoted to the study of developments within Coptic, Armenian, Chaldean/Assyrian, Syrian, Maronite, and other relevant communities living inside the Middle East or in lands of immigration. The Group promotes scholarship on themes from the early Christian period to the present, encompassing various approaches and subjects. Its aim is to establish an interdisciplinary platform for fostering scholarly approaches to Middle Eastern Christianity, and to provide opportunities for scholars to discuss their work in relation to the overall field of the study of religion.

Call for Papers: 

Christians in the First Islamic Century
The Middle Eastern Christianity Group is soliciting paper proposals that shed light on Middle Eastern Christians during the 7th and 8th centuries CE. This call for papers seeks scholarship from all scholarly disciplines, including history, language, theology, scriptural studies, sociology, and others. And the topic is conceptualized broadly such as to include knowledge about any aspect of Middle Eastern Christian life during the time period of the rise of Islam, particularly (but not exclusively) in relation to Islam.

Middle Eastern Churches, Missionaries, and Missiology
The Middle Eastern Christianity Group is seeking paper proposals engaging the topic of Missions with relation to Middle Eastern Christians. The review committee will consider proposals related to any historical period from any rigorous method of analysis related to missions and the Middle Eastern Christians. Proposals may examine Muslim missions to Middle Eastern Christians and vice versa, as well as missionary activities between Western Christian communities and the Middle Eastern Christians, both in situ and in their immigrant communities abroad.

Political Theology in Middle Eastern Christianity
Christian communities in the Middle East have long faced the challenge of political instability. Local Christian communities developed political-theological expressions for enduring diverse forms of political distress, such as: the occupation of Palestine, inter-ethnic conflicts, the emergence of ISIS, new military regimes, etc. The Middle Eastern Christianity Group is calling for papers addressing any form of political theology among Middle Eastern Christians. The Group welcomes cross-disciplinary proposals based in thorough research.

The Legacy of Chalcedon (451): Christology, Ecclesiology, and the Communions of Middle Eastern Churches
This call for papers is a reprise of the constructive theological conversation that began in 2015 under the same title. The panel will focus on the legacy of Chalcedon (451) to generate expert discussion on the Council of Chalcedon and its aftermath. The Council of Chalcedon (AD 451) marked a turning point in Church history and Christian theology on account of the schism that resulted from disputes over the statements of Christology promulgated by the council. That schism endures to this day. Although most Western Christians have little awareness of the Chalcedonian Council, its legacy directly impacts the Middle Eastern Christian communities who are divided among each other and from Western churches along Chalcedonian lines. The committees invite paper proposals from any reasonable discipline (church history, patristics, theology, sociology, etc.) and focused on any historical period or theological theme that can shed light on Chalcedon and its legacy. Special consideration will be given to proposals that link their research in some way to Middle Eastern Christian communities. Paper proposals must demonstrate methodological and theoretical rigor and suggest a coherent argument.

Method: 
PAPERS
E-mail with Attachment (proposal is in attachment, not in body of e-mail)
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee