‘We are Christians and we are equal citizens’: perspectives on particularity and pluralism in contemporary Syria

Author: Annika Rabo

Publisher/Publication: Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations

Volume/Issue: 23(1)

DOI/ISBN: 10.1080/09596410.2011.634598

Discourses in gender, sexuality and religion hold their own importance in the complexity of relations between Christians and Muslims in Syria, ranging from Syrian personal status law to multiple aspects of everyday life. This article, based on intermittent fieldwork in and visits to various parts of Syria since 1978 and especially between 2005 and 2009, examines the crucial role of gender and the linkage to class and urban–rural divisions in the country. Despite several differences with the Muslims, Christians have been a constituent part of the country's culture and should have a clear imprint in its future.