Eastern Christian Worlds
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Author: Mahmoud Zibawi; Preface by Olivier Clément; Translated by Madeleine M. Beaumont; English Text Edited by Nancy McDarby
Publisher: Liturgical Press, 1979
Size: 289 x 235 mm (11.375 x 9.25 in.) 272 pages, 96 full color plates, Hardcover with dust jacket
The stunning pre-quel to Zibawi's The Icon
Mahmoud Zibawi's stunning book takes the reader on a journey to spiritual galaxies that have been too long neglected, although they are Christian universes and fiercely faithful to what was given at the beginning. With a majestic sweep, it presents, through both images and texts, a breath-taking view of Middle Eastern Churches--past and present--specifically in Syria, Armenia, Egypt, and Ethiopia. Many of these icons have never before been seen in print; most will appear new--and unique--as they differ in style from their Greek cousins.
"Today these Churches, which are whole cultures, whole worlds, are diminished and threatened. Their art, including the present-day attempts at renewal, has been debased by the invasion of the second-rate products of Western pietism. At the very time the spiritual desert spreads, Mahmoud Zibawi reminds us--and this reminder is as good as a promise--that throughout the Christian and Muslim worlds of the East, and even farther, over deep Asia, a unique and diverse river of beauty once flowed, bringing peace and light, and that, therefore, it can do so again, provided we learn, in the very movement of the great Western 'quest,' to rediscover its source."--from the preface
"One gets the impression that the author has a wonderfully inclusive knowledge of his subject. He succeeds admirably in bringing to life in all their complexity the multi- dimensional stories of the Christian communities in question. And their art tells their stories as no text alone has or could. "--Religion and the Arts
"...is not just a fine contribution to the broader history of the icon but shows the art of a vast and believing segment of the church, a communion too frequently neglected, if not forgotten, in the West."--Commonweal
"With more than 280 illustrations, 96 in full color, he amply demonstrates his thesis that this art is universal and multi-cultural. The art of these Middle Eastern Churches is not well-known in the West. This is a splendid introduction to it."--The Priest
"Zibawi's marvelous book... reveals the author's scholarship as theologian and historian. It is a beautifully presented work."--Anglican Theological Review
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