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Christian communities in the Arab Middle East - the challenge of the future
Andrea Pacini
Clarendon Press
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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 populationin 1914 to a mere 7%.
The rising tide of Christian emigration is just one of the most obvious signs of the communities growing 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 and economic 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 toguarantee their role and status as equal citizens in their own Arab states.

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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 Brothers and the Debate on Political Islam, Dossier Mondo Islamico n.2, Torino, 1996

Religious Tax and Philantropy in South-East Asian Islam, Dossier Mondo Islamico n.3, Torino, 1997

this is an important collection.
David Thomas, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Vol.12, No.1, 2000.

There is much to learn from these essays, both for the specialist and the reader first seeking information on the present situation of Christianity in the contemporary Middle East.
A glossary of terms and maps of the current structure of the churches add to the value of the volume.
Charles A Frazee, Church History.

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

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Political sociology.|Religion and politics - Middle East.|Christians - Middle East.
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