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The so-called 'Nestorian' Church (officially known as the Apostolic Assyrian Church of the East, with its See in Baghdad) was one of the most significant Christian communities to develop east of the Roman Empire. In its heyday the Church had 8 million adherents and stretched from the Mediterranean to China. Christoph Baumer is one of the very few Westerners to have visited many of the most important Assyrian sites and has written the only comprehensive history of the Church, which now fights for survival in its country of origin, Iraq, and is almost forgotten in the West. He narrates its rich and colorful trajectory, from its apostolic beginnings to the present day, and discusses the Church's theology, christology, and uniquely vigorous spirituality. He analyzes the Church's turbulent relationship with other Christian chuches and its dialogue with neighboring world religions such as Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, Islam, Buddhism, and Taoism. Richly illustrated with maps and over 150 full-color photographs, the book will be essential reading for those interested in a fascinating, but neglected Christian community which has profoundly shaped the history of civilization in both East and West.
|Publisher:||I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited|
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About the Author
Dr. Christoph Baumer is a leading explorer of Central Asia and Tibet, who has made several important archaeological and historical discoveries on his journeys. A Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, the Royal Geographical Society, and a member of the Explorer's Club, Baumer is internationally recognized through his books, articles, and appearances in documentary films and on radio. He is the author of many books, including Southern Silk Road, Eastern Tibet, and Traces in the Desert.
Table of Contents
Foreword by H.H. Mar Dinkha IV, Patriarch of the Church of the East
• The Beginnings of East Syrian Christianity
• From Diversity to Unity: Church Fathers and Heretics
• The Loss of the Christian Ecumene
• The Patriarchate of Seleucia Ctesiphon
• Aspects of East Syrian Theology and Spirituality
• Christians Under Islamic Rule
• The Mission to the East
• The Period of the Mongols
• The Thomas Christians of South India
• The Period of Trials and Divisions
• The Rebuilding of the Assyrian Church of the East