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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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Middle Eastern Christianity Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit 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 Unit 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: 

● Biblical Interpretation and Middle Eastern Christianity - 
The Middle Eastern Christianity Unit is soliciting papers addressing the topic of biblical interpretation as it relates to Middle Eastern Christians. The topic is conceived broadly, to include exegetical traditions, themes, and motifs, or particular exegetes with unique interpretations, within the Middle Eastern Christian milieu. Paper proposals could remark on disjunctions to other Christian exegetical traditions the world-over, or continuities and intersections with others. Topics could also include non-Middle Eastern Christian hermeneutics that bear relevance to the Middle Eastern communities. Proposals must present a clear thesis, explain the theoretical and methodological approaches of the research, and identify a specific body of evidence that the research will interpret.

● Middle Eastern Christianity and Early Islam - 
The Middle Eastern Christianity Unit invites paper proposals that address Muslim-Christian relations in the early Islamic period, focusing particularly on the time of the Umayyad Caliphate (661-762 CE). Proposals could address, among other things, interpretation of early Christian texts on Islam, Christian reactions to the Islamic conquest, historical and social understanding of what actually happened during that period in light of recent scholarship on this topic, changing concepts of religious identity, and other related themes. Successful proposals must present a clear thesis, explain the theoretical and methodological approaches of the research, and identify a specific body of evidence that the research will interpret.

Text, Texting, and Context for Contemporary Middle Eastern Christians -
We invite proposals that analyze the changing approaches to texts that are emerging in Middle Eastern Christian communities. Proposals should address the way textual production, dissemination, and reading is changing for Middle Eastern Christians in the contemporary context of new social media and global mobility. Proposals could give attention to the ways Middle Eastern Christian communities interact with each other and the rest of the world in their diaspora communities, or they could focus on topics related to heritage preservation through the reissuance, translation, dissemination, and preservation of texts in a digital age. Successful proposals must present a clear thesis, explain the theoretical and methodological approaches of the research, and identify a specific body of evidence that the research will interpret.

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
Comments: 
Our committee members are diligent at commenting on specific merits of the paper proposals we receive. We rank them with number, but also comment on the qualities of the proposals.
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee