Manuscript Heritage of the Christian East: Its Conservation and Study

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DOI 10.28995/2073-0101-2017-4-309-319

Nikita A. Komochev

Institute of Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russian Federation

Manuscript Heritage of the Christian East: Its Conservation and Study


The article addresses activities of the Society for Studying Christian East (Forschungsstelle Christlicher Orient) of the Catholic University of Eichst?tt-Ingolstadt (Germany). The Christian East includes territories from Ethiopia to Georgia and from the Mediterranean to India and East Asia. The task of the Society is to study Christianity (mainly in the Middle East) from the perspective of historical science and theology. The Society actively interacts with its colleagues in other regions and countries. Of great important are its activities in preparation of publications and description of ancient and early medieval Syrian, Coptic, Ethiopic, Arabic, Persian manuscripts, as well as records in other Oriental languages. Among its current projects are study and scientific publication of the oldest ecclesiastical legal texts, preserved in the Coptic, Arabic, Ethiopian and Syrian manuscripts; digitization and description of Coptic manuscripts in Egypt; scientific publication of the Syrian Octoechus, a review of the East Christian manuscripts from the Andechs monastery (Bavaria); and others. In addition to research projects and teaching activities at the university, the Society publishes a collection entitled "Eichst?tter Beitr?ge zum Christlichen Orient" (EBCO). 5 volumes have been published by now. The article assesses various issues of the Society activities, tasks of studying history of the Christian East in connection with current political and cultural situation and history of studying eastern manuscripts in Europe. The author makes observations concerning prospects of using the European experience for studying the Orthodoxy in the East. At present, when the Middle East is a place of complex political and social processes, publication and study of Christian culture monuments in Russia and Europe is necessary for countries keeping up their Christian traditions; it may help to achieve peace in the land of ancient civilizations. Conservation and study of historical, philological, theological and cultural heritage of the Christian East is a significant task for archivists and historians.

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Christian East, source study, archeography, theology, manuscripts.


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Nikita A. Komochev, PhD in History, Institute of Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Researcher, Russian State University for the Humanities, assistant professor, Moscow, Russian Federation, +7-499-126-94-84, +7-495-628-34-75, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Submitted 7.07.2017, published:

KOMOCHEV, N. A. Rukopisnoe nasledie khristianskogo Vostoka: sokhranenie i issledovanie. [Manuscript heritage of the Christian East: Its conservation and study. In Russ.]. IN: Vestnik arhivista / Herald of an Archivist, 2017, no. 4, pp. 309-319.

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