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Department of Catholic Studies Hosts Lecture on the Middle Eastern Archives
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Dr. Marina RustowAs a part of their Medieval Catholicism Lecture Series, the Department of Catholic Studies is hosting "Where are the Missing Middle Eastern Archives?", a lecture by Dr. Marina Rustow. The event takes place on October 1, 2013 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Beck Rooms A-C, Walsh Library.

Scholars of Middle Eastern history have long lamented a lack of archival material dating before the Ottoman conquests, and the field has relied almost exclusively on narrative and prescriptive sources: chronicles, biographical dictionaries, legal compendia, belles-lettres, and philosophical and theological works. Yet much archival documentation has survived from the medieval Middle East (7th-15th centuries), even if much of it has not survived in archives. This lecture will present some of the major collections, what they can contribute to our knowledge of Middle East history, how they survived, and what they tell us about archives and archiving during the formative time period of the Islamicate Middle East.

Dr. Mariana Rustow is the Charlotte Bloomberg Associate Professor in the Humanities in the Department of History at Johns Hopkins University. Her research focuses on medieval Middle Eastern history and medieval Mediterranean Jewish communities.

About the Department of Catholic Studies
Established in 2012 — the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II — the Department of Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University, America’s oldest diocesan university, fosters Seton Hall’s Catholic identity and mission by exploring the relationship of Catholicism with all areas of culture and learning. Since its focus is the Church’s encounter and dialogue with society or the Church in the world, Vatican II designated a special place for Catholic Studies as a discipline in academic life. As a result, Catholic Studies is a dialogue between Catholicism and culture that occurs in a special way at Catholic universities. While respecting other disciplines, Catholic Studies explores theology and philosophy in relation to culture, humankind and the world. This methodological approach opens up a place for all other disciplines; these enrich Catholic Studies and are enriched in return. Catholic Studies builds upon and develops the themes and questions addressed in the University Core Curriculum and is complementary to other disciplines. A bachelor’s degree in Catholic Studies is an interdisciplinary, liberal arts degree — a major that enhances every other major.

For more information please contact:
Brittany Venturella
(973) 275-2175


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