The Christian-Muslim Studies Network invites the public to a special lecture titled, ‘Migration and the Maronite Church: Secular Challenges and Clerical Retrenchment, 1890-1930’ on Monday, 18 June.
Prof Akram Khater of North Carolina State will deliver the lecture, which focuses on his specialty of migration in Middle Eastern Christianity. With its exploration of the Christian communities native to the Middle East, this lecture is the second to combine the focus of both the Christian-Muslim Studies Network and the Centre for the Study of World Christianity. Both are based at New College.
The lecture will commence at 15:00 in the Althaus-Reid Room at New College, University of Edinburgh. A light reception will follow. All are welcome to attend, and no ticket is needed.
Prof Khater is Director of the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies and editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies. He is University Faculty Scholar, Professor of History, and holds the Khayrallah Chair in Diaspora Studies at North Carolina State University where he also serves as the Director of the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies.
A native of Lebanon born 1960, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, and he holds MA and PhD degrees in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and University of California, Berkeley, respectively. His books include Inventing Home: Emigration, Gender and the Making of a Lebanese Middle Class, 1861-1921, and A History of the Middle East: A Sourcebook for the History of the Middle East and North Africa, and Embracing the Divine: Passion and Politics in the Christian Middle East.
The School of Divinity offers opportunities for academic engagement and interfaith dialogue for students, staff, and faculty in Edinburgh, in addition to public engagement and academic networking globally. Those interested in applying for a degree program in Islamic law or the history of Christian-Muslim engagement should see the website for the School of Divinity or contact Dr Ralston directly.