This volume sheds light on the historical background and political circumstances that encouraged the dialogue between Eastern-European Christians and Arabic-speaking Christians of the Middle East in Ottoman times, as well as the means employed in pursuing this dialogue for several centuries. The ties that connected Eastern European Christianity with Arabic-speaking Christians in the 16th-19th centuries are the focus of this book. Contributors address the Arabic-speaking hierarchs’ and scholars’ connections with patriarchs and rulers of Constantinople, the Romanian Principalities, Kyiv, and the Tsardom of Moscow, the circulation of literature, models, iconography, and knowhow between the Middle East and Eastern Europe, and research dedicated to them by Eastern European scholars.
Contributors are Stefano Di Pietrantonio, Ioana Feodorov, Serge Frantsouzoff, Bernard Heyberger, Elena Korovtchenko, Sofia Melikyan, Charbel Nassif, Constantin A. Panchenko, Yulia Petrova, Vera Tchentsova, Mihai Ţipău and Carsten Walbiner.
Ioana Feodorov, Ph.D. (1999, University of Bucharest), Dr. Habil. (2017), is Senior researcher at the Institute for South-East European Studies, Romanian Academy, Bucharest. She is working on the connections between Romanians and Arabic-speaking Christians in the 16th-18th c., the Romanians’ contribution to Arabic printing, and Paul of Aleppo’s Travel Journal (in progress). She is the author of Dimitrie Cantemir, Salvation of the Sage and Ruin of the Sinful World (Brill, 2016).
Bernard Heyberger, Ph.D. (1993, University of Nancy II), is Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris. As a historian and an Arabist, he is a specialist in the study of Eastern Christians under Islam, especially in Ottoman Syria. Among other books, he is the author of Hindiyya, mystique et criminelle, Paris, 2001 (Arabic translation: Beirut, 2010; English translation: Cambridge, 2013).
Samuel Noble, MPhil (2009, Yale University), is a Ph.D. candidate in Religious Studies at KU Leuven. His research focuses on the social and intellectual history of Arab Christians, particularly in the Patriarchate of Antioch. He is the co-editor of The Orthodox Church in the Arab World (700-1700): An Anthology of Sources (2014) and co-translator of Arab Orthodox Christians under the Ottomans 1516-1831 (2016).
Readers interested in the Arabic-speaking Christians, the history of Eastern Europe and the Middle East in the Ottoman era, Eastern Churches, Orthodox Christianity, Christian Arabic literature, and the Patriarchate of Antioch. The readership includes scholars and students of these topics, as well as anyone interested in history and literature at large.