Secular Nationalism and Citizenship in Muslim Countries

Arab Christians in the Levant

  • Kail C. Ellis

Part of the Minorities in West Asia and North Africa book series (MWANA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Kail C. Ellis
    Pages 1-26
  3. Christian Cultural and Intellectual Life in the Islamic Middle East: A Shared History

  4. Human Rights, Combating Persecution, and the Responsibility to Protect

  5. The Arab Spring, the Shia/Sunni Divide, and Their Impact on Regional and Geopolitical Tensions

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 223-226

About this book


This edited volume examines the importance and significance of the Christian population in the Middle East and North Africa from the rise of Islam to present day. Specifically, the authors focus on the contributions of Christians to Arab politics, economy, and law. Using the current plight of Christians in the Muslim world (Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Egypt), the contributors analyze the origins of the crises and propose recommendations and strategies to foster religious freedom, human rights, and an inclusive political system that ensures equality of citizenship for all communities to participate fully in their societies.


Arab Middle East Christian Muslim Minority Arab Christians Nationalism Citinzenship Minority

Editors and affiliations

  • Kail C. Ellis
    • 1
  1. 1.Villanova UniversityVillanovaUSA

Bibliographic information