Contributor – Heleen Murre-van den Berg

Since June 2015, Heleen Murre-van den Berg (Ph.D. Leiden University, 1995), professor of Eastern Christian Studies, serves as the director of the Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at Radboud University, Nijmegen. Earlier, she taught at Leiden University where from 2008 she held a personal professorship for the History of World Christianity especially in the Middle East. In Leiden she served three terms in faculty boards, most recently in that of the Faculty of Humanities (November 2012 to April 2015). She has published extensively on Christianity in the Middle East, especially on the Syriac/Assyrian traditions and the interactions between Western and Middle Eastern Christians in the period from 1500 onward.
Also in 2015, her second monograph was published (Scribes and Scriptures: The Church of the East in the Eastern Ottoman Provinces (1500-1850)Eastern Christian Studies 21; Peeters, Louvain) which surveys the literature and scribal culture of the (‘Nestorian’, East-Syriac) Church of the East in the Ottoman period until the middle of the nineteenth century. Currently she directs a research project funded for by the Netherlands Research Council (NWO), Arabic and its Alternatives: Religious Minorities in the Formative Years of the Modern Middle East (1920-1950).



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