Author Archives: H.L. Murre - van den Berg

Studium Generale: Identity in the Middle East

Vanavond (donderdag 1/4, 19.30, Lipsius 005) begint een nieuwe reeks in het Studium Generale, georganiseerd door prof. Petra Sijpestijn. Zij bracht docenten bijelkaar die allen aspecten zullen belichten van het gebruik van het verleden in de identiteitsvorming van huidige groepen … Continue reading

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College Rituelen en symbolen van het christendom

Volgende week vrijdag (9/4, Lipsius 235c, 13.15) begint het college Rituelen en symbolen van het christendom, dit keer bij uitzondering als een blokcursus van 5 vrijdagmiddagen + verschillende kerkbezoeken. Keuzevakkers christendom, studenten wereldgodsdiensten en godgeleerdheid in Leiden zijn welkom, mits … Continue reading

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One of the many Syriac pilgrimage inscriptions in the columns at the entrance of the Holy Sepulchre (and note also the piece of paper stuck in between the two columns – probably a prayer put in there by a recent … Continue reading

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The current Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of the Holy Land, Mar Severios Malki Murad, leading prayers in the Chapel of Joseph of Arimathea in the Holy Sepulchre, during the Saturdays of Lent.

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More on the Holy Sepulchre

For those whose appetites for the most important church of Christianity were not satisfied by the recent book by Cohen, the older overview by Jurgen Kruger might do the trick: Die Grabeskirche zu Jerusalem: Geschichte – Gestalt – Bedeutung (Regensburg: … Continue reading

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Rival Christians and the Holy Sepulchre

For all who have wondered why Christians in the Middle East, more specifically those in Jerusalem and the Holy Sepulchre, cannot live without quarrelling, Raymond Cohen, professor at Hebrew University (Jerusalem), has written the perfect book. In a disinterested language, … Continue reading

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Mary at school with the nuns – Modern Aramaic texts from the Khabur

Last year, Shabo Talay published a study of the Neo-Aramaic dialects that today are spoken in northeast Syria, in the Jazira region. Its speakers are Assyrians that originally come from the Hakkari region in southeastern Turkey. Whereas last year’s volume … Continue reading

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Langue française, identité(s) et école, le cas de la minorité catholique au Levant (milieu du XIXe- milieu du XXe siècles)

Friday Dec. 11 Dr. Karene Sanchez organizes a small symposium in Leiden (Lipsius 148, starting at 9.30) on the subject of French language and identity in the Middle East – in which of course French missions as well as Middle … Continue reading

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eredoctoraat voor prof. Susan Ashbrook Harvey

Op 5 december heeft prof. Susan Ashbrook Harvey (Brown University, Providence) een eredoctoraat gekregen van de Universiteit van Bern (Zwitserland). Van haar werk lijkt me vooral Scenting Salvation: Ancient Christianity and the Olfactory Imagination (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006) … Continue reading

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Books Etc.: Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall (2009)

No need to add anything to the lavish praises for Hilary Mantel’s historical novel on Tudor England, starting in the mud with Thomas Cromwell trying to survive his father´s violence, ending more than thirty years later with Cromwell overseeing Thomas … Continue reading

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