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Engaging Europe in the Arab World – European missionaries and humanitarianism in the Middle East (1850-1970)

From the mid-19th century until the 1970’s, the Middle East witnessed the presence of various European missionaries who played a fundamental role in the birth and the development of humanitarianism. Since these Christian missionaries were well integrated in the local Middle Eastern societies via their investment in health, they were the favourite intermediaries for foreign diplomats. This project seeks to explore the points of contact between European ‘humanitarian diplomacy’ (praxis and law) and the missionaries.

Cooperation partner: IISMM (French equivalent of the NISIS in the Netherlands), Universiteit Leiden
Funding: NWO Internationalisation in the Humanities