Christians in Arab Politics

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


The enthusiasm that greeted the Arab uprisings of 2011 and was displaced by disillusionment. According to Mitri, demands for democracy continued in efforts to shape a new social and political order. Many Christians emphasized their common ethno-cultural identity with Muslims to form the “pact of citizenship” that superseded the former dhimma pact. However, this development also intensified Islamic self-awareness that resulted in violent self-assertion and a reaction to the failures of modern, more or less secular, independent and authoritarian governments. This resulted in two approaches: opting for an exclusively minority-centered militancy or choosing silence out of fear or resignation. A third, as yet unrealized, approach is a return to the “pact of citizenship” that would bind Christians and Muslims together.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tarek Mitri
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  1. 1.Issam Fares InstituteAmerican University of BeirutBeirutLebanon

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