The Arabian Gulf was home to a vibrant Christian tradition in late antiquity, one that wrote and worshipped in a dialect of Aramaic called Syriac. The Syriac Christian tradition was well known throughout the region for its rich mystical literature. The Christian mystics of the region understood themselves as pearl divers, plunging into the depths of this world in order to find purity of soul, enlightenment of the mind, and spiritual union with God. This talk will introduce the Syriac Christian mystical tradition and make a case for its part in the region’s rich religious heritage.
Charles Stang, Professor of Early Christian Thought and Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University
NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
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