This work represents the current and most relevant content on the studies of how Christianity has fared in the ancient home of its founder and birth. Much has been written about Christianity and how it has survived since its migration out of its homeland but this comprehensive reference work reassesses the geographic and demographic impact of the dramatic changes in this perennially combustible world region. The Rowman & Littlefield Handbook of Christianity in the Middle East also spans the historical, socio-political and contemporary settings of the region and importantly describes the interactions that Christianity has had with other major/minor religions in the region.
Mitri Raheb (ThD, Phillips University, Marburg, Germany) is the president of Dar al-Kalima University College in Bethlehem, Palestine and president of the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan & The Holy Land. The most widely published Palestinian theologian to date, he is the author and editor of sixteen books on modern Middle Eastern church history, religion and the state, citizenship, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including The Invention of History: A Century of Interplay between Theology and Politics in Palestine and Sailing through Troubled Waters: Christians in the Middle East.Mark A. Lamport (PhD, Michigan State University; ThM, Princeton Theological Seminary) is professor at graduate theological schools in Colorado, Arizona, Virginia, Indiana, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Portugal. He is coeditor with George Thomas Kurian of Encyclopedia of Christianity in the Global South (2 vols.), Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States (5 vols., “Notable Book of 2016” by Christianity Today), and Encyclopedia of Christian Education (3 vols., winner, Booklist Editors’ Choice: Adult Books) and editor of Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation (two volumes).
From the Foreword: “Understanding the story of Christianity in the Middle East is a critical necessity in political as well as religious terms. In this light, it is a splendid experience to read these two volumes of Christianity in the Middle East edited by Mitri Raheb and Mark A. Lamport, with their very wide-ranging contributions, and so much superlative research and writing, from a truly international assembly of fifty scholars. . . . The resulting volume constitutes a treasury on which scholars will be drawing for decades to come. This is a magnificent contribution.”
Editors and contributors are all significant religious scholars of which over half are from the UK , Europe and the Middle East. (70+ in total involved with the project).
Covers Christianity in the Middles East from not only historical contexts but from a socio-political perspective.
Provides a unique section describing the contemporary setting in each Middle Eastern country.
Introduction by Heather Sharkey (University of Pennsylvania) – world’s leading scholar on the subject of religion in the Middle East.
Extensive end of book bibliography (a must inclusion for academic libraries).
Contains excellent pedagogical added value such as a glossary, discussion questions, and timeline.