Christian communities in the Arab Middle East : the challenge of the future

edited by Andrea Pacini

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 per cent of the general population in 1914 to a mere 7 per cent. 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 to guarantee their role and status as equal citizens in their own Arab states.

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  • Introduction
  • 1. The Arab Christians: From the Eastern Question to the Recent Political Situation of the Minorities
  • 2. The Arab Christians of the Middle East: A Demographic Perspective
  • 3. The Christian Communities, Active Members of Arab Society Throughout History
  • 4. The Churches of the Middle East: Their Origins and Identity, from Their Roots in the Past to Their Openness to the Present
  • 5. The Law of the Nation-State and the Status of Non-Muslims in Egypt and Syria
  • 6. The Emigration of Christian Arabs: Dimensions and Causes of the Phenomenon
  • 7. The Cultural Production of Arab Christians Today: An Expression of their Identity in a Predominantly Muslim Society
  • 8. The Political Dynamics of the Copts: Giving the Community an Active Role
  • 9. The Place and the Present Role of the Copts in the Egyptian Economy: Traditions and Specializations
  • 10. The Dynamics of the Lebanese Christians: From the Paradigm of the 'ammiyyat to the Paradigm of Hwayyek
  • 11. The Christian Communities and the Economic and Social Situation in Lebanon
  • 12. Socio-Political and Community Dynamics of Arab Christians in Jordan, Israel, and the Autonomous Palestinian Territories
  • 13. The Christians of Syria
  • 14. Christians in Iraq
  • 15. The Rites of the Churches of the Middle East

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書名 Christian communities in the Arab Middle East : the challenge of the future
著作者等 Pacini Andrea
出版元 Clarendon Press;Oxford University Press
刊行年月 1998
ページ数 xiii, 365 p.
大きさ 25 cm
ISBN 0198293887
NCID BA40197924
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス