Prof. H.L. Murre-van den Berg (Heleen)

Professor - Comparative religious studies
Dean - Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies

Prof. H.L. Murre-van den Berg (Heleen)
Working days Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Heleen Murre-van den Berg has published on a variety of topics related to Christians in the Middle East, on Syriac Christians (Syriac, Chaldean, Assyrian) and on exchanges between Western and Middle Eastern Christians. In this, issues of language, scribal practices, literature, identity and nationalism, as well as ritual and religious practices have been her main focus.

Earlier work mostly addressed the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, recent work mostly concentrates on twentieth-century Christian history. In October 2019, she started a new ERC-funded research project entitled: Rewriting Global Orthodoxy: Oriental Christians in Europe, 1970-2020.

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Heleen Murre-van den Berg conducts research on Christians in and from the Middle East. She focuses on their history in this region and the settlement of these Christians in Europe. Language, literature and imagery play an important role in her research into their religious practices.