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Middle Eastern Christians Facing Challenges


Reflections on the Special Synod for the Middle East


Edited by Dietmar W. Winkler
This volume has arisen from the 'Middle East Synod' in Rome in 2010. The articles within focus on the relations of Christians and Churches with their socio-political, religious and ecclesial environments. Ecumenical relations and communion are at stake as well as relationships, witness and dialogue with Jews, Muslims, state entities, and new relations forged in the West through emigration and diaspora.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-4041-7
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Publication Status: Forthcoming

Publication Date: May 28,2019
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 235
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4041-7
$95.00
$76.00

In 2010, the “Middle East Synod” took place in Rome. It was a milestone for Middle Eastern Christianity charged with hopes for the challenged churches in their difficult situations in the midst of a region in radical change. The PRO ORIENTE Foundation (Vienna/Austria), in its effort to promote dialogue and ecumenical relations, accompanied the Synod with a preceding study seminar in Sulaymaniah (Iraq) and with its third Colloquium Syriacum in Vienna as a contribution of its reception process.

Thus, the main focus of the articles of the present volume is on “relations”, i.e. on Christians and Churches within their socio-political, religious and ecclesial environments. This means that ecumenical relations and communion are at stake as well as relationships, witness and dialogue with Jews, Muslims and the respective states as well as new relations in the West, because of emigration and diaspora.

The book includes contributions by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn and Cardinal Kurt Koch, Cardinal Louis Raphael I Sako, Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III Younan, Archbishops Basilios Georges Casmoussa, Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, Paul Nabil El-Sayah and Boulos Matar as well as Frans Bouwen MAfr, David Mark Neuhaus SJ, Herman G.B. Teule, and Dietmar W. Winkler.

In 2010, the “Middle East Synod” took place in Rome. It was a milestone for Middle Eastern Christianity charged with hopes for the challenged churches in their difficult situations in the midst of a region in radical change. The PRO ORIENTE Foundation (Vienna/Austria), in its effort to promote dialogue and ecumenical relations, accompanied the Synod with a preceding study seminar in Sulaymaniah (Iraq) and with its third Colloquium Syriacum in Vienna as a contribution of its reception process.

Thus, the main focus of the articles of the present volume is on “relations”, i.e. on Christians and Churches within their socio-political, religious and ecclesial environments. This means that ecumenical relations and communion are at stake as well as relationships, witness and dialogue with Jews, Muslims and the respective states as well as new relations in the West, because of emigration and diaspora.

The book includes contributions by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn and Cardinal Kurt Koch, Cardinal Louis Raphael I Sako, Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III Younan, Archbishops Basilios Georges Casmoussa, Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, Paul Nabil El-Sayah and Boulos Matar as well as Frans Bouwen MAfr, David Mark Neuhaus SJ, Herman G.B. Teule, and Dietmar W. Winkler.

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Contributor Biography

Dietmar Winkler

Dietmar W. Winkler is Professor of Patristic Studies and History of Christianity, chair of the Department of Biblical Studies and Ecclesiastical History and Director of the Center for the Study of Eastern Christianity at the University of Salzburg/Austria, Member of the board of Pro Oriente (Vienna) and responsible theologian for the dialogue with the oriental churches, Scholarly director of “Pro Oriente Studies in the Syriac Tradition”. Consultant of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (Vatican) and a member of the Vatican’s Delegation in the official “International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches”