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The Making of the Medieval Middle East$
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Jack Tannous

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691179094

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691179094.001.0001

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Competition, Schools, and Qenneshre

Competition, Schools, and Qenneshre

(p.160) Chapter 6 Competition, Schools, and Qenneshre
The Making of the Medieval Middle East

Jack Tannous

Princeton University Press

This chapter addresses another aspect of the world after Chalcedon, the spread of Christian schools, considering the intense confessional competition driving their creation. The rivalries underlying this competition were a consequence of the diversity of Christian confessional stances and the incomplete ecclesiastical and communal separation that existed on the ground between various factions. The object of this competition was simple believers, Christians who likely had a poor understanding of the theological issues separating the various churches and whose confessional allegiance was very much up for grabs. One of the most conspicuous forms that interconfessional rivalry took was the construction of educational institutions and the expansion of educational efforts on the part of church leaders. It is at the end of the sixth and into the seventh century that one finds evidence of an educational arms race between rival churches. The chapter then looks at the monastery of Qenneshre on the eastern bank of the Euphrates.

Keywords:   Christian schools, Christian confession, simple believers, confessional allegiance, educational institutions, rival churches, Qenneshre

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