Echoes of a Forgotten Presence

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Mark Dickens

Reconstructing the History of the Church of the East in Central Asia

ISBN 978-3-643-91103-2
Band-Nr. 15
Jahr 2020
Seiten 288
Bindung gebunden
Reihe orientalia – patristica – oecumenica


This volume is a collection of ten articles
published between 2009 and 2016 by Mark Dickens on the
Assyrian Church of the East in Central Asia, along with a
new article on Mar Yahbalaha III, the only Turkic patriarch
of the Assyrian Church of the East. Most articles deal with
the textual evidence for Syriac Christianity in Central
Asia, including six on Christian manuscript fragments from
Turfan (China) and two on gravestone inscriptions from
Semirechye (Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan). As the volume title
indicates, these articles remind us of the centuries-long
presence of the Assyrian Church of the East at the centre of
the Asian continent, now all but forgotten due to the
general scarcity of sources from which this history can be

Mark Dickens works at St. Joseph’s College,
University of Alberta (Canada). His research addresses
connections between Syriac Christianity and Central Asia in
Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.