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Suha Rassam's book comes to fill a large vacuum in the knowledge of those in the West, many of whom are still not aware of the fact that from ancient times Christianity was firmly rooted in Iraq and the rest of the territory now seen as the 'Arab Middle East'.
Archbishop Mikhael Al Jamil, Patriarchal Vicar of the Syrian Catholic Church of Antioch to the Holy See and Vicar Apostolic for Europe
Dr Suha Rassam has written a work of remarkable scholarship. But is is also a vivid portrayal of an extraordinary story of conflict, persecution and, for fifty years in the twentieth century, of hope, harmony and prosperity for the Christian community in Iraq. It would be a tragedy if that Christian community were now extinguished.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster
Gives to the general interested public a comprehensive and informed insight into two thousand years of Christianity in Iraq.
Dr Erica Hunter, School of Oriental and African Studies, London University
|1||The matrix of Christianity in the Middle East||9|
|2||The first four centuries||24|
|3||The fifth and sixth centuries||35|
|4||The seventh to the sixteenth centuries||76|
|5||The sixteenth to the twentieth centuries - under Ottoman rule||99|
|6||The twentieth century - the modern state of Iraq||133|
|7||The twenty-first century||164|
|Iraq under occupation and transitional rule||183|