Monthly Archives: August 2010

Christians in Iraq

The plight of Iraq’s Christians, first in Baghdad and Basra, later also in the northern city of Mosul, has attracted widespread media attention, especially in Christian circles. The abductions, the rapes, the threats and the church bombings resulted in the … Continue reading

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Bachelor-I college: Geschiedenis van het christendom

Voor iedereen die niets weet van het christendom en daar graag serieus aan wil werken: in twaalf colleges gaan we vanaf dinsdag 14 september (9.00u, Huiz. 004) de geschiedenis van de grootste wereldgodsdienst door, vanaf het begin in de eerste … Continue reading

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Master course Christianity in the Middle East (1800-present): Language & Religion

This year’s master course on the Christian communities in the modern Middle East (1800 till present), focuses on the theme of the interconnections between language and religion, from two different perspectives: (1) How, when and why special ritual languages, which … Continue reading

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Unexpected links between Israel and Iran

Once during the Khatami years, when seated in a Tehran cab with my husband, the cheerful sounds of the well-known Hebrew song Hava Nagila filled the air. We looked at each other, not quite sure what to say. Though at … Continue reading

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Ritual needle work in the Church of Mar Awdisho of Dere (North Iraq)

In the Church of Mar Awdisho (belonging to the Assyrian Church of the East) in Dere, near Amadiah, in North Iraq, a particularly nice display of needlework in service of religious ritual is found. This and the following posts give … Continue reading

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Ritual needle work in the Church of Mar Awdisho of Dere (North Iraq)-2

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Ritual needle work in the Church of Mar Awdisho of Dere (North Iraq)-3

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Silver cross in the village church of Bebede

In the village church of Bebede (North-Iraq, not far from Amadiah and the border with Turkey) this beautifully decorated silver cross was put on the lectern in front of the altar. Most ritual crosses in the Assyrian Church of the … Continue reading

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