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Introducing Edinburgh Studies in Middle Eastern Christianity

by Deanna Ferree Womack and Philip Michael Forness

Series editors Deanna Ferree Womack and Philip Michael Forness introduce our latest Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies series, Edinburgh Studies in Middle Eastern Christianity, centering on historical and contemporary Christian traditions in the Middle East and their diaspora.

A photograph of the Roman Catholic Church of All Nations, Jerusalem
Roman Catholic Church of All Nations, Jerusalem (photo by Deanna Womack)

Christianity has taken on a diversity of expressions across the Middle East. While economic opportunities and political conflicts have led many Middle Eastern Christians to emigrate, vibrant Christian communities still remain in the region today. Historical sources written in languages like Armenian, Coptic, and Syriac are becoming commonplace in studies of the premodern Middle East, and contemporary Christian movements in the Middle East and their diaspora have drawn increasing attention. This series brings together studies on Middle Eastern Christianity across its long history to highlight and encourage such groundbreaking scholarship.

Edinburgh Studies in Middle Eastern Christianity is a new monograph series on Christian communities connected to the Middle East in their rich contemporary diversity and across all chronological periods. It employs the unifying concept of Middle Eastern Christianity to recent scholarship that has often been undertaken in tiny enclaves, whether divided by historical period, cultural identity, nationality, or denomination. By drawing these areas of research together under the umbrella of a single series, Edinburgh Studies in Middle Eastern Christianity will provide a forum for cross-disciplinary exchange informed by the history of Christian communities in the Middle East and conscious of their present situation. Books in the series will demonstrate both the importance of a historical perspective when studying contemporary communities and the value of wide-ranging methodological approaches.

A photograph of a group of people lighting candles at the Greek Orthodox Feast of St. George in Lod, Israel
Greek Orthodox Feast of St. George in Lod, Israel (photo by Elizabeth Marteijn)

To this end, Middle Eastern Christian identity is interpreted broadly to include Christians from any part of North Africa and West Asia and their descendants. Individual studies will approach Middle Eastern Christianity from a variety of different perspectives and methods, including investigations of their theology, liturgy, practices, and cultural identity but also addressing modern politics, social movements, feminism, and ties between Middle Eastern Christianity and World Christianity. Intra-Christian and interreligious relations will serve as a backdrop for all studies and form a focal point in many. With contemporary conflicts in the region bringing new attention to Middle Eastern Christians, this series provides a nuanced view of the current situation and historical context. The editorial advisory board is comprised of the following scholars with expertise on a diversity of ecclesial traditions and communities in the Middle East, across all periods of Christian history: Dr Mary K. Farag, Dr John-Paul A. Ghobrial, Dr Fiona McCallum Guiney, Rev. Dr Mitri Raheb, Dr Heather J. Sharkey, and Dr Jack Tannous.

Write for Edinburgh Studies in Middle Eastern Christianity

Edinburgh Studies in Middle Eastern Christianity accepts book proposals for monographs and well-curated edited collections of around 80,000–100,000 words.

To discuss your idea or submit your proposal, contact either the series editors Deanna Ferree Womack and Philip Michael Forness at deanna.f.womack@emory.edu and forness@em.uni-frankfurt.edu or Nicola Ramsey, Publisher for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at nicola.ramsey@eup.ed.ac.uk.

Read Edinburgh Studies in Middle Eastern Christianity

Books in the series feature distinctive design and typesetting and will be available in print as well as e-book formats. Like all new Edinburgh University Press monographs, they will be available in an affordable paperback format eighteen months after hardback publication. Options for Open Access Publishing are also available.

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