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5th International Conference

The 5th International Conference on Syriac Christianity in China and Central Asia was successfully held at the St. Virgil Salzburg from 18th – 23rd June 2016. This high-profile conference series, since it was first organized in 2003, has attracted scholars and experts on Syriac Christianity from many parts of the world to come to Salzburg every three years and has provided an important platform for them to share, discuss and investigate all aspects of Syriac Christianity in China and Central Asia. Four conference proceedings have been published so far to go along with this conference series.

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The PRO ORIENTE Foundation has been a main faithful sponsors of this conference series right from its first gathering in 2003, together with the University of Salzburg and „ZECO“ (formerly Mayr-Melnhof Institut für den Christlichen Osten). The Austrian government, that is, the former „Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung“ also provided generous financial support for the conference in the past.

Around 40 participants were present at the 5th Salzburg Conference which took place in June 2016 and was organized by Dr. Li Tang and Univ.-Prof. Dietmar W. Winkler of the University of Salzburg. Participants came from various universities and institutions in many parts of the world such as China, Japan, Australia, Russia, Turkey, Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, England, Canada and USA. They read papers on various topics related to Syriac Christianity in China and Central Asia such as Manuscripts and fragments, inscriptions, historical writings and records, archaeological discoveries, history of Syriac Christianity, data base for Syriac studies and so on. During the conference period, invited by Prof. Dr. Aho Shemunkasho, participants also visited Beth Suryoye, the student house for students of Syriac Theology in Salzburg and had a beautiful Syriac evening prayer with passages excerpted from Syriac liturgical fragments discovered in Turfan, China.

Li Tang

Sektion: Salzburg