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Religious Minorities of the Modern Middle East: A Complete Survey of Non-Muslim Communities

Religious Minorities of the Modern Middle East: A Complete Survey of Non-Muslim Communities

Edited by: Erica C. D. Hunter

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The subject of Islam increasingly attracts global attention. This is to the degree that Middle Eastern commentators sometimes seem to assume that the region, despite well-known Shia-Sunni distinctions, is almost homogeneously Muslim. But non-Muslim communities have, for many centuries, played a vital and significant role in the area's rich religious and cultural fabric, and deserve proper assessment in their own right. This timely book offers a lively and comprehensive survey of all the religious communities, other than the Muslim majorities, who inhabit the Middle East today. Separate chapters discuss the history and beliefs of the Alevis, Baha'i, Christians, Druze, Jews, Mandaeans, Samaritans, Yezidis and Zoroastrians, highlighting the unique identity and fascinating character of each tradition. Scholars of international repute explore the current position of these communities, and their relationships to their Islamic neighbours. They also trace the distinctive contributions that each religion has made to the modern Middle East while alerting readers to the challenges that they now face. The first authoritative text to cover the whole miscellany of non-Muslim communities, the book should serve as the ideal point of departure for students and scholars of contemporary religious and Middle East studies, as well as for journalists, policymakers and others interested in better understanding the region's diverse politics and culture.

Author Info

Erica C D Hunter is Lecturer in Eastern Christianity at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and an affiliated lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic in the University of Cambridge. Her publications include Christianity in Iraq: Perspectives and Perceptions (2006).

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781848851351
Publication Date: 28 Feb 2019
Number of Pages: 304
Height: 216
Width: 134
Illustrations: 1 map

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