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Research project

Between the Holy Land and the World. A connected history of Christian communities in the Near East via the unpublished photographic collections (1900-1948)

The project ‘Between the Holy Land and the World’ proposes a connected history of the Christian communities in the Near East (1900-1948) by means of a study of unpublished Franciscan and Dominican photographic collections.

Contact
Karène Sanchez
Funding
NWO Van Moorsel en Rijnierse Grant NWO Van Moorsel en Rijnierse Grant

It challenges the current narrative by showing the intersections and interactions of Arab Christians and the cultures of European countries in a variety of settings and problematizing the reception of European cultural and religious policies.

In addition, it will preserve, classify and make available unpublished and recently discovered photographs of Syrian and Palestinian Arab Christian life. It will investigate the relationship between photography and social and religious transformations of Arab Christians, shed light on important cultural aspects of the modernization process and analyse the links between westernisation and ‘Arabness’ processes for indigenous Christians.

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