One of the most intriguing and challenging puzzles of the recent revolution in Syria is the stance of the Syrian minorities, in general, and the Syrian Christians, in specific. Many observers fail to perceive the exact kernel of the Christians? view on the struggle in Syria, and they wonder why Christians seem to be completely silent and hardly participating in the revolution?s events. In this lecture, Dr. Najeeb Awad will attempt to show that the Christians are neither silent nor indifferent to the Syrian Spring, and will shed light on the real essence of the Christians? stance on the Syrian revolution. He will discuss how the Christians? main concern is the question of the country?s future. The lecture will explain the Christians? serious concerns, if not their fears, about the future of interreligious relationships in the country, and why they think that a serious dialogue between the minorities and the Sunni majority in the country over the future of the Syrian state and society may not actually take place or be possible.
Najib Award joined the faculty at Hartford Seminary in August, as Associate Professor of Christian Theology. Born in Lattakia, Syria, he is the first Syrian Protestant Arab systematic theologian. Previously he was Lecturer in Systematic and Contextual/Intercultural Theology in the Intercultural Theology program of GÅ¡ttingen University in Germany. He also was a Visiting Fellow for a year at Yale Divinity School in 2008-2009. Awad has a Bachelor of Arts from the Near East School of Theology, Beirut Lebanon, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from King?s College, London. He is the author of three books: ?God without a Face? On the Personal Individuation of the Holy Spirit?; ?God, Man and Evil: A Theologico-Existential Study?; and ?The Passion Narrative in the Gospel of Matthew: A Historico-Narrative Criticism? Most recently he finished writing a contextual theology manuscript on the Arab Spring and the role of Arab Christians in the future of the Near East.