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Revival and Awakening
Author: Adam H. Becker

ISBN: 9780226145310
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 440
Published: 15 February 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 6.0 x 9.0 x 2.8
This is a fascinating study of the relationship between the arrival of American Protestant missionaries and the emergence of an ethnic nationalism among East Syrian Christians within the Ottoman Empire in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Missionary innovations in media, education, and ritual became integral to the development of a new Assyrian national consciousness among Nestorian" Christians dispersed across parts of what would become Turkey, Iran, and Iraq. Before the American missions were established in the 1830s, these Christians lived intermingled with a number of other religious and linguistic groups, and tribal affiliation or village of origin were the predominant bases of self-identification. However, by the turn of the twentieth century a national consciousness had developed whereby many of them understood themselves to be descendants of an ancient near eastern race. That nationalist understanding, the author shows, still reverberates in and beyond these Assyrian" Christian communities today. Becker effectively connects this Assyrian story to the wider literature on how religion" itself is established as a distinct social, cultural d...

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