Book Launch: Christian Martyrs under Islam
Dr Christian Sahner is a historian of the Middle East. He is principally interested in the transition from Late Antiquity to the Islamic Middle Ages, relations between Muslims and Christians, and the history of Syria and Iran.

He is the author of two books: Among the Ruins: Syria Past and Present (Hurst – Oxford, 2014), a blend of history, memoir, and reportage from his time in the Levant before and after the Syrian Civil War; and Christian Martyrs under Islam: Religious Violence and the Making of the Muslim World (Princeton, 2018, forthcoming) a study of how the medieval Middle East slowly transformed from a majority-Christian region to a majority-Muslim one and the role that violence played in the process. An earlier version of this research was awarded the Malcolm H. Kerr Prize for Best Dissertation in the Humanities from the Middle East Studies Association.

Born in New York City, he earned an A.B. from Princeton, an M.Phil from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and a Ph.D. also from Princeton. Prior to joining the Oriental Institute, he was a research fellow of St John’s College, University of Cambridge. He writes about the history, art, and culture of the Middle East for The Wall Street Journal, among other publications.
Date: 30 October 2018, 17:00 (Tuesday, 4th week, Michaelmas 2018)
Venue: St Antony's College, 62 Woodstock Road OX2 6JF
Venue Details: Investcorp Auditorium, Middle East Centre
Speaker: Christian C. Sahner (Associate Professor of Islamic History, Faculty of Oriental Studies)
Organising department: Middle East Centre
Organiser: Eugene Rogan (St Antony's College, Oxford)
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Audience: Public
Editor: Kaja Wawrzak