From religious association to ethnic community: a research project on identity formation among the Syrian orthodox under muslim rule

  title={From religious association to ethnic community: a research project on identity formation among the Syrian orthodox under muslim rule},
  author={Bas ter Haar Romeny},
  journal={Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations},
  pages={377 - 399}
Abstract At the Universityof Leiden, a research group is investigating the formation of a communal identity among West Syrian (or Syrian Orthodox) Christians after the Council of Chalcedon in 451 CE. Of the anti-Chalcedonians, the Syrian Orthodox were probably least likely to form a national or ethnic community. Yet a group emerged with its own distinctive literature and art, its own network and historical consciousness. In a process of adoption and rejection, the West Syrians selected elements… Expand
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