The exhibition ‘Oriental Christians: 2,000 Years of History’ sheds light on the history of a diverse community and the major role it has played in the Near East, in the political, cultural, social, and religious arenas.
Through the exhibition ‘Oriental Christians: 2,000 Years of History’ , visitors will be able to discover masterpieces of Christian heritage throughout the itinerary, some of which have never been presented in Europe before.
Christianity began in Jerusalem and rapidly spread throughout the Near East: it became established in Egypt and in the regions corresponding to present-day Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Iraq. Throughout history, the Christians have played a major role in the political, cultural, social, and religious development of this region of the world.
The exhibition sheds light on the unique role of Christianity through pivotal periods: the adoption of Christianity as a State religion, the establishment of the Churches after the councils, the Muslim conquest, the development of the Catholic and Protestant missions, the Christians’ contribution to the nahda (the Arab renaissance), and the cultural and political renewal in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The exhibition also focuses on the contemporary vitality of the Christian communities in the Arab world, perturbed by recent events.
The exhibition is organised by the IMA in conjunction with the City of Tourcoing.
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