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Middle Eastern Christianity Unit and World Christianity Unit

Call for Papers: 

Rethinking Middle Eastern Christians in the 21st Century: Movements, Migrations, and the Future

Many Middle Eastern countries have faced political stress in the twenty-first century, which has included the Iraq War (2003), the Arab Spring (post-2010), the Syrian Civil War (since 2011), and the ongoing struggle of Palestinians against occupation. Middle Eastern Christian communities with long historical roots in the region are adapting to the circumstances in new ways; the circumstances of warfare, social reform, and political change are faced by Christian communities with new technologies of social media, connecting them to international participants of many sorts, such that local matters involve remote agents. In these globalized conditions, Christian communities of the Middle East and their emigrant counterparts abroad are experiencing change. The Middle Eastern Christianity Unit and the World Christianity Unit are inviting paper proposals that address contemporary change involving Middle Eastern Christians. Proposals may focus on any Middle Eastern Christian community (whether in situ, or abroad) from any academic field of study. Successful proposals will provide a clear thesis, identify specific sources of study, and comment on the relevant theories and methodologies of the analysis. While the topic of the paper may be narrow, the argument should aim to capture a sense of a broader current “outlook” among an identifiable Middle Eastern Christian group or groups—whether it be a church denomination (e.g., Maronites), an organization (e.g., Middle East Council of Churches), an immigrant community, or a social movement.

Method: 
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Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
Leadership: 
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