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Bethlehem's Syriac Christians


Self, nation and church in dialogue and practice


An anthropological study of Syriac Orthodox Christian identity in a time of displacement, upheaval, and conflict. For some Syriac Orthodox Christians in Bethlehem, their self-articulation - the means by which they connect themselves to others, things, places and symbols - is decisively influenced by their eucharistic ritual. This ritual connects being siryāni to a redeemed community or 'body', and derives its identity in large part from the Incarnation of God as an Aramaic-speaking Bethlehemite.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0637-6
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Dec 19,2017
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 318
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0637-6
$162.00
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An anthropological study of Syriac Orthodox Christian identity in a time of displacement, upheaval, and conflict. For some Syriac Orthodox Christians in Bethlehem, their self-articulation - the means by which they connect themselves to others, things, places and symbols - is decisively influenced by their eucharistic ritual. This ritual connects being siryāni to a redeemed community or 'body', and derives its identity in large part from the Incarnation of God as an Aramaic-speaking Bethlehemite.

An anthropological study of Syriac Orthodox Christian identity in a time of displacement, upheaval, and conflict. For some Syriac Orthodox Christians in Bethlehem, their self-articulation - the means by which they connect themselves to others, things, places and symbols - is decisively influenced by their eucharistic ritual. This ritual connects being siryāni to a redeemed community or 'body', and derives its identity in large part from the Incarnation of God as an Aramaic-speaking Bethlehemite.

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Contributor Biography

Mark Calder

Mark Calder is an honorary research fellow in Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He is also regional manager for a Middle East humanitarian organisation and, as a postdoctoral fellow at Durham University, recently completed research projects on the predicament of youth in the eastern Mediterranean and on civil society peacebuilding in Syria.

Table of Contents (v)
Acknowledgements (ix)
Preface (xi)
Introduction: From Bible-use to Bethlehem’s Syriac Christians (1)
   Palestinian use and disuse of the Bible (5)
   Defamiliarising Bible-use (11)
   Cohabiting textualities (23)
   Reframing research in response to the fieldwork encounter (26)
   Correspondents and interlocutors (29)
   Book organisation (32)
Chapter One: Articulating the Bethlehem Environment (37)
   Arrival (37)
   8 MPH sarḥāt (42)
   Reflections: displacement in situ? (71)
Chapter Two: Dialogues of displacement (85)
   Introduction (85)
   Dialogues with Abu Daoud (86)
   Five indicators of displacement (110)
   Reflections (116)
Chapter Three: Syrian narratives in the Bethlehem environment (119)
   Introduction (119)
   Narrative, selfhood and belonging (120)
   Narrative as picking up threads (132)
   Narrative and power (157)
   Reflections: unpicking, re-weaving and patching (161)
Chapter Four: Prayer and self-articulation in the Syriac Orthodox Eucharist (165)
   Introduction (165)
   The Qurbono and other Eucharists (167)
   First encounters with the Qurbono (168)
   Understanding the Qurbono as dialogue (172)
   Qurbono in the environment (185)
   Qurbono as “prayer” (187)
   Re-placing the self in the eucharistic environment (201)
   Dwelling in Qurbono: the monastic ideal (204)
   Eucharistic temporality (206)
   Reflections: drawing near to know (209)
Chapter Five: Authority and imagination in Syrian self-articulations (213)
   Introduction (213)
   The priest (213)
   The Association Controversy (221)
   Authority, communication and self-articulation (230)
   Christianity: from tradition to technologies (242)
   Reflections (249)
Chapter Six: “Who is Bob?” Towards an anthropology with ecclesiology (251)
   Arrival: the question before questions (252)
   Fieldwork and writing as hospitality (254)
   From hospitality to ecclesiology (258)
   Anthropology with ecclesiology? (268)
   Ecclesiological anthropology with Bethlehem Syrian self-articulations (274)
Afterword: What about power? (279)
Bibliography (281)

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