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Lecturer Simon Najm

Name: Najm, Simon Edmond    

Address and Contact Info.: Anfeh – El Koura. St. John Str. Dreik Bld. 1st floor.

Date of Birth: 03/05/78

Present Family Status: Married

Dependents: 

Family Name First Name Relationship DOB Place of Birth Nationality

Saoud
Najm
Najm

Vanessa
Matthew
Zoey

Wife
Son
Daughter

04/04/84
28/08/2013
28/08/2013

Caracas
Anfeh
Anfeh

Lebanese/Venezuelan
Lebanese
Lebanese

Current Academic Rank: Lecturer


Degrees/Education:

PhD History and Civilization École Des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (France) 2012 - 2020
Master of Theology Hellenic College/Holy Cross (USA) 2007 - 2009
Bachelor of Divinity University of Balamand (Lebanon) 2001 - 2005

Academic Experience:

Lecturer UOB 2013- Present
Assistant Researcher UOB 2010- 2013

Professional Experience/Qualifications (if applicable):

Librarian UOB Fall 2010 - Present
Coordinator (KALIMA Theology Program) UOB Spring 2019 - Present
Member (UOB Library & IT Committee) UOB Fall 2010 - Present
Administrative Assistant (IOT PhD Program) UOB Fall 2013 - Fall 2014
    Fall 2017 - 2019
Secretary (IOT Research and Publication Committee) UOB Fall 2010-2018

Teaching Experience to Date:

  Undergraduate Courses

  THEO 240 General Church History Fall/Spring 2016- Present
  KLMA 240 (Online) General Church History Fall 2015- Spring 2016
      Fall 2018-Spring 2019
  LISP 200 Library Information Skills Fall 2012- Present

Publications and Presentations:

Publications

i).  Refereed Journal Articles

  • Saint Symeon the New Theologian and intimacy with God: Preparation, Divine Light and Mystical Union. (Annals 10. Year 2013-2014)

ii).  Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers

  • “Christian Military Conscription and Badal al’Askariya in Damascus Syria after the Tanzimat: The case of the orthodox men imprisoned and its consequences (1858-1862).” Cercetare Si Dialog Theologic Astazi. Studia Theologica Doctoralia IX.  Ed. Doxologia. Putna, Romania, 2017, pp. 32-49. 

iii).  Books/ Book Chapters

  • « Unirea mistică și comuniunea cu Dumnezeu prin intermediul luminii dumnezeiești potrivit Sf. Simeon Noul Teolog. » Lumina Și Semnificațiile Ei În Teologia Și Spiritualitatea Ortodoxă. Ed. Nicolae Răzvan Stan. (Craiova : Editura Universitaria - Editura Mitropolia Olteniei, 2020), pp. 420-434.


Presentations

 i).  Invited Presentations at Conferences/Symposia

  • “The Antiochian Archives: Document DAM 64.” International Conference: Reading and Analyzing Ottoman Manuscripts Sources, August 27 – 30, 2017. Organized by University of Balamand, Lebanon, Orient Institute Beirut, IFPO, Ankara Sosyal Bilimler University, CETOBAC, Lebanese University.
  • “Christian Military Conscription and Badal al’Askariya in Damascus Syria after the Tanzimat: The case of the orthodox men imprisoned and its consequences (1858-1862).” International Symposium: Studia Theologica Doctoralia IX.  Putna, Romania. 8-9 June, 2017. Organized by: Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza din Iași - Facultatea de Teologie Ortodoxă, University of Graz - Catholic Theological Faculty, University of Balamand – St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology.

 ii).  Seminars and Workshops

  • Proselytism in the Light of the Antiochian Archives: The Implementation of the Gregorian Calendar as a Typical Example of Proselytism, 1858-1964. EHESS – Paris, France. 2018.
  • The Military Conscription and Badal al’Askariya after the Tanzimat: Difficulties, Challenges, and Effect on the Rum Orthodox Community of Syria and Lebanon, 1839–1910. EHESS – Paris, France. 2017.
  • The Challenges of Military Conscription and Badal al’Askariya after the Tanzimat on the Rum Orthodox Community of Syria (1839-1920).  Tunisia Spring School 2013: The State in the Muslim World. Hammamat, Tunis. 2013.
  • Les relations entre Chrétiens et Musulmans en Syrie après les violences de 1860, à partir des archives du Patriarcat grec-orthodoxe. EHESS – Paris, France. 2013.


Grants and Funded Projects
:

  • Bourse de l’Ecole Française de Rome en histoire, archéologie et sciences sociales (destinées à assurer l’accueil temporaire de jeunes chercheurs dont les travaux nécessitent un séjour en Italie : consultation des archives de la Propagande et l’exploration des Archives Vaticanes : Janvier – Février, 2016).
  • Bourse de la Comité Catholique pour la Collaboration Culturelle (en vue de suivre un cours intensif de langue française au Centre Linguistique Appliqué de Besançon, France : Juillet – Aout 2011).

 
Ongoing Research:

  •       La Communauté Rum Orthodoxe de Syrie dans une époque de changement et de violence 1860-1914
    • PhD Research Project, École Des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris – France. (2012-Present) Discipline : Histoire et Civilization.

 
Scientific/Professional Society Memberships/Professional Services:

  • Research and Publication Committee: secretary, 2010–2018.
  • Library Committee: member: 2010–Present.
  • Library and Information Technology Committee: 2010-Present.
  • Doctorate Academic Committee: secretary: 2013–2014.
  • PhD of Eastern Christian Studies Program: secretary: 2017-2019

 
Community-Linked, Co-curricular, and extra-Curricular Activities:

  • Municipality of Anfeh: Member, May 2016 - Present
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