Tag Archives: Christianity

A Turkish harem on the Acropolis? It’s most likely a Greek myth

Fotokon/Shutterstock Janric van Rookhuijzen, Utrecht University The Acropolis of Athens counts among the world’s greatest architectural and artistic monuments. Visitors come to admire the marble buildings that testify to the glory of Ancient Greece more than two millennia ago. Typically, only little attention is paid to the site’s rich medieval and Ottoman history. But one of the few stories commonly …

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Armenians displaced from Nagorno-Karabakh fear their medieval churches will be destroyed

The Ghazanchetsots Cathedral was damaged earlier this year during fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images Christina Maranci, Tufts University A six-week war in Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous region in the South Caucasus, ended on Nov. 9 after Russia brokered a peace deal between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Under the deal, several ethnically Armenian provinces in Nagorno-Karabakh, which Armenians …

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This tiny minority of Iraqis follows an ancient Gnostic religion – and there’s a chance they could be your neighbors too

Like their ancient ancestors, contemporary Mandaeans revere John the Baptist and consider baptism the most important of their religious rituals. Hadi Mizban/AP James F. McGrath, Butler University In March 2021 Pope Francis became the first leader of the Roman Catholic Church to visit Iraq. The number of Christians in Iraq has fallen sharply in the past two decades amid mass …

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La Escuela de Traductores de Toledo, el eslabón perdido de la historia de la cultura europea

Mapa de Toledo obra de Joris Hoefnagel, procedente de ‘Civitates orbis terrarum’, de Braun and Hogenberg, 1572. Historic Cities Eva Aladro Vico, Universidad Complutense de Madrid Solemos explicar el desarrollo de la cultura, la ciencia y la civilización europeas con líneas históricas que enlazan el legado greco–romano, con sus avances y hallazgos en los campos de la cultura y la …

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Diversity and religious pluralism are disappearing amid Iraq’s crisis

Islamic State militants have destroyed sites of great cultural and historical significance in Iraq, such as the tomb of the prophet Jonah in Mosul. EPA/Stringer Ali Mamouri, Australian Catholic University Iraq previously had one of the most multicultural societies in the Middle East. A broad diversity of religions, races and cultures flourished in Iraq, united by common heritage, culture and …

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Persecution of Christians by ISIS contradicts idea of a Caliphate

Erica C D Hunter, SOAS, University of London ISIS conquests across northern Iraq have been comprehensive in recent weeks. Taking control of large parts of the region, they declared a Caliphate last month. And one group who have especially suffered at their hands are the Christians that have been a part of the region’s landscape for almost two millenia. Following …

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