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Title: The Archdiocese of Petra and Philadelphia and the Hashemite Emirate of Transjordan
Subtitle: Modern History and Ecclesial Identity
Author(s): MAGGIOLINI, Paolo
Journal: Journal of Eastern Christian Studies
Volume: 65 Issue: 3-4 Date: 2013
The paper aims to analyze the development of the Melkite presence within the territory of the Hashemite Emirate of Transjordan between the two World Wars. Encompassing the religious meaning of this dynamic and studying the development of Melkite missionary institutions helps to point out important aspects of how the Hashemite Emirate’s state-building process affected the ecclesial development of Christian Church institutions within Transjordan. The project of creating a new Melkite diocese or a vicariate in Transjordan represented an important event in the history of the Melkite Church within the Near East, describing the interaction and confrontation between the Holy See and the Melkite Church regarding the reconfiguration and development of the regional Melkite ecclesial organization according to the new socio-political balances of power, modern state boundaries and the Holy See’s hierarchical system.