Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Military Escalation in Deraa: Interview

July 29, 2021 at 2:03 pm

Today has seen a large scale military escalation in Deraa, with armed locals seizing a number of checkpoints of Syrian government forces in localities across the province and taking a number of government forces personnel as prisoners. Those checkpoints belonged to forces such as the air intelligence and the Syrian army's Fourth Division, which is a key military actor in Deraa. The immediate trigger of this escalation has been military action that Syrian government forces undertook against parts of Deraa al-Balad (the southern half of Deraa city), amid mutual accusations of failure to adhere to agreements that were negotiated between local notables from Deraa al-Balad and the government-affiliated security committee.

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Archive: The Complete Works of Bishop Elipandus of Toledo

July 27, 2021 at 8:01 pm

My interest in the corpus of writings of Bishop Elipandus of Toledo began last month with a reference to followers of the Iberian heretic Migetius in correspondence between the ninth century Mozarabic writer Álvaro of Córdoba and Bishop Saul. Now, more than a month later, I am pleased to say that I have translated all the surviving works of Elipandus, who wrote a refutation of Migetius' heretical teachings on the Trinity but then espoused his own doctrine of Adoptionism (i.e. that Christ, in his human nature, was the adopted Son of God) that came to be denounced as heresy. The exact origin of this Adoptionism is debated: for example, some may attribute it to the influence of Elipandus' environment in Muslim-controlled Spain, others may see it as developing out of the refutation of Migetius' heresy. Whatever the case, the doctrine appears to have gained some following among Christians in Muslim-controlled Spain during the late eighth century CE and could have spread more widely among the populations in the Christian realms Asturias and the Carolingian Empire. However, the sharp denunciations of Adoptionism as heresy and the deaths of Elipandus and Felix led to the trend's eventual demise.

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Mozarabic Writings: Bishop Elipandus of Toledo's Letter to Felix

July 27, 2021 at 7:29 pm

For other writings of the Elipandus corpus, see:

. Letter to Migetius
. Symbol of the Elipandian Faith
. Letter to Fidelis
. Letter of the Bishops of Spain
. Letter to Charlemagne
. Letter to Alcuin of York

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Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Amid the Economic Collapse: Interview

July 26, 2021 at 5:59 pm

At this point, the sharp deterioration in the economic and living situation in Lebanon is apparent to observers and has frequently been written about. Syrian refugees in the country stand to be hit particularly hard by this deterioration, and many undoubtedly want to flee. Below is an interview I conducted with one person originally from Jalin in Deraa province and currently residing in Lebanon as a refugee. He hopes to escape to Europe. This interview was conducted on 17 July 2021. Any parenthetical insertions in square brackets are my own.

Q: When did you come to Lebanon and for what reasons did you come?

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Mozarabic Writings: Bishop Elipandus of Toledo's Letter to Alcuin of York

July 26, 2021 at 10:10 am

For other writings of the Elipandus corpus, see:

. Letter to Migetius
. Symbol of the Elipandian Faith
. Letter to Fidelis
. Letter of the Bishops of Spain
. Letter to Charlemagne

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