Doctoral Candidate Peter Miller Colloquium Video from 3/9/22
Thank you to Peter Miller for a great talk! You will find the recording from this talk on our YouTube page.
Department of Religious Studies Spring 2022 Colloquium Series presents:
Usual Labors and the Wealth of Philosophy: Syriac Monastic Education
Wednesday March 9 - 1:30 - 3pm CST via Zoom
with Peter Miller, PhD Candidate
Abstract: Dadisho of Qatar, a seventh century monk and author, wrote that the work of the monastery was threefold: mind, body, and soul. How did Syriac-speaking monks train these three dimensions of the self, teach new members, and leave behind the old ways of the world? In this presentation overviewing his dissertation research, Peter will highlight the ways that Syriac monasteries intersected with village schools and theological academies to situate for themselves a unique place in the religious and academic world of Mesopotamia. Peter will outline the major developments of the East Syriac monastic tradition and highlight the educational dimensions of the mind, body, and soul among these Christian ascetics between roughly 500-800 CE.
Biography: Peter is a doctoral candidate at the University of Iowa in Religious Studies and Classics. His research focuses on the intersection of religious life and education in Syriac language communities, especially the Church of the East. He will defend his dissertation in April 2022.
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