Bulgaria: May 2012
(including N. Greece and Istanbul)

Bridging the Christian / Muslim Divide

Goals of the seminar…

  • To understand Christian-Muslim relations in a different cultural context
  • To better comprehend our North American cultural assumptions through dialogue with marginalized peoples in the Balkans
  • To better appreciate multiple meanings and ethnical perspectives through deep listening
  • To apply cross-cultural experience to work with minority groups – ideally Muslim immigrants – in our home communities

Highlights include:

  • Home-stay in a Pomak (Bulgarian Muslim) village
  • Rila Monastery (Bulgaria) – The holiest Orthodox Christian site in the country, tucked away in the stunning Rila Mountains
  • Plovdiv (Bulgaria) – Center of the 19th Century Bulgarian Renaissance and cultural capital of Bulgaria, with a prominent mosque and architecturally fascinating Old Town
  • Kazanlak (Bulgaria) – Site of the annual Rose Valley Festival (the region produces the majority of the world’s rose oil, used in expensive perfumes and colognes), with traditional folk music
  • Philippi (N. Greece) – Birthplace of European Christianity. Archeological site and museum.
  • Istanbul (Turkey) – Former capital of the Ottoman Empire, and site of Hagia Sofia (Orthodox Church converted to a mosque) and the spectacular Süleymaniye Mosque. We will also visit a Bulgarian Orthodox church there.

Estimated Cost: $3600 (subject to change)
Seminar Leaders: Andrew White, Language & Literature, and Daria White
Course: CCSSC 201 Cross-cultural Social Science (3 SH)

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