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The Chronicle of Seert: Christian Historical Imagination in Late Antique Iraq

Philip Wood


This book is a study of the cultural and political history of Christian Iraq, the Church of the East, the so–called ‘Nestorians’. This history is seen through the Chronicle of Seert, a medieval Arabic Chronicle that reuses sources written several centuries earlier. This monograph aims to isolate different layers of composition and looks for trends in the choice of material and the agenda of their historians. Each layer of the text provides insight into the social construction of ‘orthodox belief’ in Iraq and the church as an institution. A central narrative is the growing power of the bishops ... More

Keywords: Nestorian, orthodoxy, historiography, Arabic, Syriac, Sasanian, persecution, Late Antiquity, Iraq, bishops, East-West contact

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199670673
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670673.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Wood, author
Assistant Professor at the Aga Khan University, ISMC (London)