Christian Communities in the Arab Middle East: The Challenge of the Future

Hardcover | September 1, 1998

EditorAndrea Pacini

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Existing before the Muslim conquest of the Middle East, and integrated into the Islamic political order, which for centuries has given full rights only to Muslims, the various Eastern Christian communities have represented an important element of pluralism within Middle Eastern Arab societies. The end of the twentieth century, however, marks a crucial period for the the Christian communities, who have witnessed their base decline from 24% of the general population in 1914 to a mere 7%. The rising tide of Christian emigration is just one of the most obvious signs of the communitiesgrowing unrest. Beginning with an examination of the role played by Eastern Christians in the history of Arab society, this ground-breaking study presents a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the many challenges facing the Christian communities today. Focusing on juridical status, social, political andeconomic dynamics, and relationships with the the Muslim majority culture, this intriguing study highlights the various political and cultural strategies employed by Eastern Christians as they attempt to guarantee their role and status as equal citizens in their own Arab states.

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Existing before the Muslim conquest of the Middle East, and integrated into the Islamic political order, which for centuries has given full rights only to Muslims, the various Eastern Christian communities have represented an important element of pluralism within Middle Eastern Arab societies. The end of the twentieth century, however,...

Andrea Pacini is the editor of Dossier Mondo Islamico, published by the Edizioni della Fondazione Giovanni Agnelli. In this series, part of the research programme 'Islam and Modernity' which he directs, he has edited three volumes: Debate on the Application of Shari'a, Dossier Mondo Islamico, n.1, Torino, 1995 The Muslim Brother...
Format:HardcoverPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Andrea Pacini: Introduction1. Joseph Maila: The Arab Christians: From the Eastern Question to the Recent Political Situation of the Minorities2. Philippe Fargues: The Arab Christians of the Middle East: A Demographic Perspective3. Samir Khalil Samir: The Christian Communities, Active Members of Arab Society Throughout History4. Jean Corbon: The Churches of the Middle East: Their Origins and Identity, from Their Roots in the Past to Their Openness to the Present5. Bernard Botiveau: The Law of the Nation-State and the Status of Non-Muslims in Egypt and Syria6. Bernard Sabella: The Emigration of Christian Arabs: Dimensions and Causes of the Phenomenon7. Camille Hechaime: The Cultural Production of Arab Christians Today: An Expression of their Identity in a Predominantly Muslim Society8. Dina El Khawaga: The Political Dynamics of the Copts: Giving the Community an Active Role9. Adel A. Beshai: The Place and the Present Role of the Copts in the Egyptian Economy: Traditions and Specializations10. Elizabeth Picard: The Dynamics of the Lebanese Christians: From the Paradigm of the 'ammiyyat to the Paradigm of Hwayyek11. Boutros Labaki: The Christian Communities and the Economic and Social Situation in Lebanon12. Andrea Pacini: Socio-Political and Community Dynamics of Arab Christians in Jordan, Israel, and the Autonomous Palestinian Territories13. Habib Moussalli: The Christians of Syria14. Yusuf Habbi: Christians in Iraq15. The Rites of the Churches of the Middle East

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`Fourteen scholarly essays on Eastern Christian communities in Middle Eastern Arab societies.'Missiology, An International Review, Vol XXVII No 4 Oct 1999