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2022/2023 Lecture Series Event – Ordinary Christians on the Eve of Islam

Posted by on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 in Uncategorized.

The Department of Classical and Mediterranean Studies Lecture Series presents Ordinary Christians on the Eve of Islam, a lecture by Jack Tannous, Associate Professor of History and Hellenistic Studies at Princeton University. This event will be held in 203 Cohen Memorial Hall on Friday, February 17, 2023 at 2:30pm with reception to follow the presentation. Free event parking will be available in Lot 95 by Cohen Memorial Hall in all non-reserved spaces.

Much of the Christian population of the late antique Middle East was agrarian and illiterate.  At the same time, the Christian churches of this period split into separate and rival confessions that defined themselves on the basis of different theories of the Incarnation.  In this talk, Professor Jack Tannous will explore the tension between these two realities and ask how it might help us to think about what it meant to be a Christian in this period and what the implications might be for how we understand early Christian-Muslim relations.

This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Classical and Mediterranean Studies with co-sponsorship from the Program in Jewish Studies and the Department of Religious Studies. It is free and open to the public.