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In 1969, an exhibition of Lebanese and Syrian icons, under the scientific direction of Virgil Cândea and curated by Sylvia Agémian, took place at the Sursock Museum in Beirut. This exhibition revealed the existence of local artistic compositions between the 17th and the 19th centuries. After consultation with Lebanese specialists, these icons were labeled “Melkites” by Cândea. Fifty years later, this contribution aims to record the historiography of the Melkite art by looking at the research that was dedicated to it before 1969 and the 18 exhibitions that revealed the Melkite art to the Arab and European publics, as well as by reviewing the publications and significant scientific studies that allowed us to enrich our knowledge of this outstanding art form.

In: Arabic Christianity between the Ottoman Levant and Eastern Europe
A Palestinian Life (1885-1954)
'The House of the Priest’ presents and discusses the hitherto unpublished and untranslated memoirs of Niqula Khoury, a senior member of the Orthodox Church and Arab nationalist in late Ottoman and British Mandate Palestine. It discusses the complicated relationships between language, religion, diplomacy and identity in the Middle East in the interwar period. This original annotated translation and accompanying articles provide a thorough explication of Khoury’s memoirs and their significance for the social, political and religious histories of twentieth-century Palestine and Arab relations with the Greek Orthodox church. Khoury played a major role in these dynamics as a leading member of the fight for Arab presence in the Greek-dominated clergy, and for an independent Palestine, travelling in 1937 to Eastern Europe and the League of Nations on behalf of the national movement.

Contributors: Sarah Irving, Charbel Nassif, Konstantinos Papastathis, Karène Sanchez Summerer, Cyrus Schayegh
In: 'The House of the Priest'
In: 'The House of the Priest'
In: 'The House of the Priest'
In: 'The House of the Priest'