Syriac and the Syriac churches in North Iraq: the language of our Lord
Supervisors: prof.dr. H.L. Murre-van den Berg (Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, Nijmegen), dr. K.M.J. Sanchez (Leiden University Centre for Linguistics)
Tijmen Baarda started in October 2012 a Ph.D. programme within the NWO-funded project “Arabic and Its Alternatives” led by Professor Heleen Murre-van den Berg. His research concerns the intellectual endeavours of the Syriac Christians of Iraq in the period 1920–1950, including their publications and educational activities, with a special focus on the many different languages they used. In his Ph.D. thesis, he aims to answer the question how the diverse group of Syriac Christians of Iraq positioned themselves towards the Iraqi state and society and other Christians in the Middle East, by using and teaching Arabic, Syriac, Neo-Aramaic and other languages, and how they responded to and took part in phenomena such as Arab and Assyrian nationalism.
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