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).
Table of Contents
List of Images
About the Editors, Introduction, Foreword, and Afterword Contributors, and Editorial Advisory Board
Church Growth and Decline in the Middle East Across the Centuries by Todd M. Johnson
Preface by Mitri Raheb and Mark A. Lamport
Foreword by Philip Jenkins
Introduction by Heather Sharkey
Section One – Socio-Historical Sketches of Christianity in the Middle East
Preview by Salam Rassi
Section Two -- Religious Encounters in the Middle East
Preview – Mark A. Lamport
10. Judaism and Christianity by David M. Neuhaus SJ
11. Theologians and their Writings by Issa Diab
12. Minority Religions and Christianity in Ancient Times by Issa Diab
13. Islam and Christianity by Joshua Ralston
14. Christianity and Non-Muslim Religions: The Mandaeans – A Case of Mistaken Christian Identity by Erica Hunter
15. Popular Religion and Christianity by Elizabeth Marteijn
16. Persecution and Martyrdom of Christians in the Middle East by Alon Ben-Meir
17. Christian Theology in Arabic: A Resource for 21st century Christians in Dialogue with Muslims by Sidney H. Griffith
18. Religious Conflict and Resolution by Nelly van Doorn-Harder
Section Three -- Contextual Expressions of Christianity in the Middle East
Preview – Salam Rassi
19. Coptic Christians by Wafik Wahba
20. Assyro-Chaldean Christians by Martin Tamcke
21. Syrian Orthodox and Syrian Catholics by George Kiraz
22. Antiochian Orthodox by Souad Slim
23. Melkite Christians by Sebastian Carnazzo
24. Armenian Christians by Charles E. Farhadian
25. Maronite Christians by Joseph Moukarzel
26. Latin Christians by Rita George-Tvrtković
27. Protestants by David Grafton
28. Messianic Jews by Hanna Rucks
Section Four – Socio-Political Influences on Christianity in the Middle East
29. Art, Symbolism, and Architecture by Nada Hélou
30. Middle Eastern Theologies by Martin Accad
31. Rise and Contribution of Monasteries by David A. Michelson
32. Christian Music/Worship in the Middle East by Séverine Gabry-Thienpont and Olivier Tourny
33. Women and Christianity in the Middle East by Christine Lindner
34. Hidden Christians/Churches in the Middle East by Sara Afshari
35. Politics and Christianity in the Middle East by Mariz Tadros
36. Contribution of Indigenous Christians to Middle Eastern Culture by Carsten Walbiner
Section Five -- The Story of Middle Eastern Christianity by Country and in the World Context
37. The Gulf States: Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Kuwait, and Oman by Elizabeth Monier
38. Egypt by Elizabeth Monier
39. Iran by Martin Tamcke
40. Iraq by Erica Hunter
41. Israel, Palestine, and Jordan by Mitri Raheb
42. Lebanon and Syria by Harald Suermann
43. Saudi Arabia by Duane Miller
44. Turkey by Hratch Tchilingirian
45. Middle Eastern Christianity in the Context of World Christianity by Deanna Womack
46. Middle Eastern Christianity outside the Middle East by Fiona McCallum
Timeline by Brett Knowles
Lexicon by J. Scott Bridger
Bibliography by Mark Hutchinson
About the Contributors and Editorial Consultants
Index of Subjects and Names
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.”
[This is] a helpful Handbook, one emphasizing facts over ideas, covering many oft-overlooked topics of Middle Eastern Christianity.
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.