Christians from a Muslim background in the Middle East

Authored by: Duane Alexander Miller

Routledge Handbook of Minorities in the Middle East

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138649040
eBook ISBN: 9781315626031
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315626031-10

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Abstract

The twentieth and early twenty-first centuries have witnessed the decline of many of the minorities throughout much of the Middle East. This is true both for ethnic minorities like Armenians and Assyrians, and for religious minorities like Jews outside of Israel, and Christians from the various ancient churches. But there is one religious minority that, while remaining very small as a percentage of the entire population, has experienced dramatic growth. In spite of the rise of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, the civil wars in Syria, Libya, and Yemen, and the political instability following the so-called Arab Spring in Egypt and Tunisia, this growth does not show signs of ceasing. This is the religious community of Christians who have converted from Islam, or as they will be called in this chapter, Christians from a Muslim background (CMBs).

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