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Introduction

  • Kail C. Ellis
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Part of the Minorities in West Asia and North Africa book series (MWANA)

Abstract

The status of Arab Christians provides a gauge for the peaceful coexistence of vulnerable ethnic and religious communities in the Middle East. A team of international scholars examines (1) Christian Cultural and Intellectual Life in the Islamic Middle East: A Shared History; (2) Human Rights, Combating Persecution, and the Responsibility To Protect; and (3) The Arab Spring, the Shia/Sunni Divide, and Their Impact on Regional and Geopolitical Tensions. The authors represent a variety of views based on their varied backgrounds. While their perspectives do not always agree, the multiple dimensions of their assessments, particularly their analyses of sectarianism, authoritarian regimes, the role of Islamic law, the persecution of religious and ethnic communities, and the “duty to protect,” provide valuable insights into crucial issues.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kail C. Ellis
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  1. 1.Arab & Islamic StudiesVillanova UniversityVillanovaUSA

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