Secular Nationalism and Citizenship in Muslim Countries: Arab Christians in the Middle East

Author: Kail C. Ellis

Publisher/Publication: Palgrave Macmillan

DOI/ISBN: 10.1007/978-3-319-71204-8

The authors use the status of Christians in the region as a lens to focus their analyses on three broad topics, Christian cultural and intellectual life in the Islamic Middle East, human rights and combating persecution and third, the Arab Spring, the Shia/Sunni Divide, and their impact on regional and geopolitical tensions. Christian contributions to art, culture, literature and politics in the Arab world are given extensive coverage. The predicament of Arab Christians who supported authoritarian regimes in the belief that these regimes would better safeguard their rights is discussed. Finally, the authors place emphasis on the rule of law and economic development as the most effective measures to safeguard Christians and other vulnerable communities.