Christopher Sheklian is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Comparative Religious Studies in the faculty of Philosophy, Theology, and Religion at Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands, part of the ERC-funded Rewriting Global Orthodoxy research project. Formerly director of the Zohrab Information Center of the Armenian Apostolic Church in America, he is an anthropologist who specializes in the anthropology of religion and secularism, studying the role of liturgy and law on the lives of religious minorities. He has taught at the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, and Wesleyan University. His work is also supported by his participation as a senior fellow in the Orthodoxy and Human Rights project, sponsored by Fordham University's Orthodox Christian Studies Center and generously funded by the Henry Luce Foundation and Leadership 100.
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Good Friday liturgical services in the Armenian Apostolic Church—under normal circumstances—include a grand procession carrying a wooden recreation of the Tomb ... More