1st Edition

The Chaldean Catholic Church Modern History, Ecclesiology and Church-State Relations

By Kristian Girling Copyright 2018
    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    258 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides a modern historical study of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq from 2003 to 2013, against a background analysis of the origins and ecclesiological development of the Chaldean community from the sixteenth century onwards.

    The book offers an insight into the formation of Chaldean ecclesiological identity and organisation in the context of the Chaldeans as a community originating from the ecclesial traditions of the Church of the East and as an Eastern Catholic Church in union with the Holy See. The book argues for the gradual and consistent development of a Chaldean identity grounded and incarnated in the Mesopotamian-Iraqi environment, yet open to engaging with cultures throughout the Middle East and West Asia and, especially since 2003, to Europe, North America and Australasia. It also examines the effects of religious and administrative policies of the governors of Mesopotamia-Iraq on the Chaldeans, from their formation in the sixteenth century until the installation of the new Chaldean patriarch, Louis Raphael I Sako, in March 2013. Furthermore, the book provides a unique analysis of the history of Iraq, by placing the Chaldeans fully into that narrative for the first time.

    Providing a thorough overview of the history of the Chaldeans and an in-depth assessment of how the 2003 invasion has affected them, this book will be a key resource for students and scholars of Middle East Studies, Modern History, History of Christianity, as well as for anyone seeking to understand the modern status of Christians in Iraq and the wider Middle East.

    Introduction 1 The origins and early development of the Chaldean Catholic community (fifteenth–eighteenth centuries) 2 Political change in Mesopotamia and the origins of the modern Chaldean Church (1830–1918) 3 Re-discovering the Chaldean narrative in modern Iraq (1918–2003) 4 The Chaldean Church in the new Iraq (2003–2013) 5 Chaldean ecclesiology and ecclesial organisation in Mesopotamia-Iraq 6 The Chaldean community in Jordan  Conclusion  Appendices  Bibliography


    Kristian Girling is currently a freelance researcher and writer. He was a Visiting Fellow at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry from 2016-2017. He completed his PhD at the Centre for Eastern Christianity, Heythrop College in 2016. Kristian’s research focuses on the modern history of Eastern Christianity particularly in the Middle East.