Muslim-Christian Relations and Inter-Christian Rivalries in the Middle East : The Case of the Jacobites in an Age of Transition

Author: John Joseph

Publisher/Publication: SUNY Press

DOI/ISBN: 0-87395-612-5

The book’s aim is to write a modern history of the Syrian Orthodox and Syrian Catholic Christians (sometimes referred as Jacobites) as a case study in Christian-Muslim relations. The study is examining a large period from the early 1800s to 1981, and includes primary and secondary sources from the communities themselves as well as western sources. The book offers an extensive background, and largely focuses on the Ottoman context, as well as the influence of the Catholic, the Protestant church and the Russian empire in the Syrian Orthodox and Syrian Catholic community and the Ottoman empire in general. The last part of the book is dedicated to the conditions of the Christians in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq, as well as the developments that have affected the relations with their Muslim compatriots.