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Revival and AwakeningAmerican Evangelical Missionaries in Iran and the Origins of Assyrian Nationalism$
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Adam H. Becker

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226145280

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226145457.001.0001

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The Church of the East before the Modern Missionary Encounter

The Church of the East before the Modern Missionary Encounter

Historicizing Religion before “Religion”

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(p.37) 1 The Church of the East before the Modern Missionary Encounter
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Revival and Awakening
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Adam H. Becker

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226145457.003.0002

This chapter sets the stage for the arrival of the American missionaries in the 1830s by providing a basic geographic, social, linguistic, economic, and political survey of the “Nestorians” and the region in which they lived in the early nineteenth century, primarily Urmia, Iran and the mountainous region of Hakkari, which was nominally under Ottoman control. In the end I question the effect secularism and our own liberal political assumptions about tolerance, religious freedom, and equality, have on our ability to understand the heterogeneous social worlds of pre-modernity.

Keywords:   Hakkari, Urmia, secularism, religion, Qajar Iran, Ottoman Empire, liberal

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