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Revival and Awakening: American Evangelical Missionaries in Iran and the Origins of Assyrian Nationalism

Adam H. Becker


This book examines how the presence of an American evangelical mission in the borderlands between Qajar Iran and the Ottoman Empire in the nineteenth century contributed to the development of a secular nationalism among the indigenous Neo-Aramaic speaking Christian population of the region. The Americans aimed to “reform” the ancient Church of the East (East Syrians, or Syriac “Nestorians”) by establishing schools, publishing and distributing literature in the vernacular, and preaching a penitential return to “Biblical Christianity,” but their interventions in the region helped to lay the grou ... More

Keywords: evangelical mission, Church of the East, Syriac, Nestorian, Assyrian, secularism, nationalism, Qajar Iran, Ottoman Empire, Neo-Aramaic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226145280
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226145457.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam H. Becker, author
New York University