Challenges and developments: Christian‐Muslim relations in the Middle East

Author: Hugh Goddard

Publisher/Publication: International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church

Volume/Issue: 3(2)

DOI/ISBN: 10.1080/14742250308574031

This article examines the relations between Muslims and Christians in the Middle East till the 19th century, and addresses the challenges that the Christian-Muslim relations face in the post-1950 years. These include the different attitudes towards the state of Israel, the Islamic revival, the emigration of Christians, and the violent clashes between Muslims and Christians in Lebanon and Egypt. Lastly, it highlights the positive developments such as the creation of university departments dedicated to Christian-Muslim relations and the establishment of interreligious dialogue centers from different agents throughout the region.