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Nationalizing the Sacred: the Jerusalem Orthodox Church Controversy

  • Konstantinos Papastathis
Thursday 20 October 2016
WHAT's NEW?! Fall Lecture Series
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Lipsius 003

Nationalizing the Sacred: the Jerusalem Orthodox Church Controversy

The research explores contextually the historical representation of the Palestinian Orthodox congregation by the Greek religious establishment as a potential threat for religious purity. The research questions addressed are:

  1. How has the Greek hierarchy portrayed the Arab Orthodox laity in modern times?
  2. Which were the underlying causes for generating this type of discourse? Which were the central factors influencing its structure? Which were its main ideological features and social connotations?
  3. What was the relation between the actual outcomes of the Greek narrative and thecolonialism project?

The paper critically assesses the Greek discourse as the articulation of a nationalist narrative, reflecting the structural transition to Modernity and the development of new collective loyalties based on invented ethno-symbolic equations. Additionally, it argues that the causes for the reproduction of orientalist stereotypes were not only ideological, but were also related to the administration of the vast religious real estate.

About Konstantinos Papastathis

Konstantinos Papastathis (PhD) is currently a research associate at the University of Luxembourg. He has worked as a research fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as an adjunct lecturer at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His main research interests involve politics and religion, discourse analysis as well as Middle Eastern studies. His work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Middle Eastern Studies; British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies; Jerusalem Quarterly; Politics, Religion and Ideology; Journal of Eastern Christian Studies; Religion, State and Society, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies) and collective volumes.

This WHAT's NEW?! lecture is followed by drinks in cafe de Grote Beer (Rembrandtstraat 27).

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