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The Martyred Church

A History of the Church of the East

A New Book By David Wilmshurst

Sept. 16, 2011

This absorbing book deals with the Church of the East—the socalled
‘Nestorian’ Church—arguably the most interesting of all the Syriac‐speaking Churches. Few Christians nowadays outside the Middle East are familiar with its name, let alone its history,
yet between the ninth and fourteenth centuries the Church of the East was in geographical extent the largest Christian Church in the world, with dioceses stretching from the Mediterranean right across Asia to China.
The Church of the East, which began life as the indigenous church of Sasanian Persia, has been harried and persecuted throughout its history. The tragic story of this ‘martyred church’ is brought vividly to life in this impressive book.

The book is organised into the following ten chapters:
The Church beyond Rome (AD 36 to 502)
Nestorians and Jacobites (503–633)
Christians and Muslims (634–779)
The Age of Timothy I (780–905)
A Church at Bay (906–1221)
The Mongol Century (1222–1317)
The Years of Darkness (1318–1552)
Nestorians and Chaldeans (1553–1830)
The Age of the European Missions (1831–1913)
The Calamitous Twentieth Century (1914–2011)

Each chapter contains an overview and a narrative history that describes major events and assesses the reigns of successive Nestorian and Chaldean patriarchs. The historical narrative is followed by thematic sections on ecclesiastical administration, monastic history, and literature and scholarship. The sections on ecclesiastical administration give ample space to the history of the Nestorian missions to Central Asia, India and China. The sections on monasticism chart the growth and decline of a distinctive form of worship that differed in important respects from monasticism in the Roman Empire.

The sections on literature and scholarship pay particular attention to texts which are readily available in English translation, and are written partly with the aim of winning new readers for these texts. The book gives due weight to the popular Sasanian and Mongol periods but also provides a detailed history of the Church of the East under the Umayyad and Abbasid caliphs, a relatively neglected area of study in the English‐speaking world.

It is particularly strong on the history of the Church of the East under the Ottomans. Drawing on the research which underpinned his
earlier work, Wilmshurst provides the fullest account of the history of the Church of the East between the fourteenth and nineteenth centuries that has yet been published in English. He also provides a thoughtful Afterword, in which
he discusses several possible futures for the Church of the East in the twenty‐first century.


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