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Conflict, Conquest, and Conversion: Two Thousand Years of Christian Missions in the Middle East
     

Conflict, Conquest, and Conversion: Two Thousand Years of Christian Missions in the Middle East

by Eleanor H. Tejirian
 

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Conflict, Conquest, and Conversion describes two thousand years of the Christian missionary enterprise in the Middle East within the context of the region's political evolution. Its broad, rich narrative follows Christian missions as they interact with imperial powers and as the momentum of religious change shifts from Christianity to Islam and back, adding

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Conflict, Conquest, and Conversion describes two thousand years of the Christian missionary enterprise in the Middle East within the context of the region's political evolution. Its broad, rich narrative follows Christian missions as they interact with imperial powers and as the momentum of religious change shifts from Christianity to Islam and back, adding new dimensions to the history of the region and the nature of the relationship between the Middle East and the West.

Historians and political scientists increasingly recognize the importance of integrating religion into political analysis, and this volume, using long-neglected sources, provides the necessary context for this effort. It surveys Christian missions from the earliest days of Christianity to the present, with particular emphasis on the role of Christian missions, both Protestant and Catholic, in the political and economic imperialism of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The authors delineate the ongoing tensions between conversion and a focus on witness and "good works" within the missionary movement, which has contributed to the development and spread of nongovernmental organizations. This volume's systematic study offers an unparalleled encounter with the social, political, and economic consequences of these trends.

Editorial Reviews

Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations
The end result of Tejirian and Simon's massive undertaking is a clear, succinct volume thatcovers an impressive breadth of material. It should be required reading...

The Catholic HIstorical Review - Heleen Murre-van den Berg
A valuable introduction to the fascinating and conflicted history of the Christian missions in the Middle East.

Andrew Porter
This work fills a substantial gap in the existing literature. It is encyclopedic in its range, keeping in view the missionary struggles between eastern and western Christianity—the Coptic, Roman, and Orthodox churches—as well as the divisions between the Protestant denominations. Eleanor H. Tejirian and Reeva Spector Simon's history is conceived on a grand scale and draws together much of the recent enormous literature on the subject.

Nancy L. Stockdale
This book is a handy historical survey of the history of the Christian mission in the Middle East. It is well written and has a clear and thoughtful flow.

Middle East Journal - Heather J. Sharkey
The authors succeed in showing how Christian missions have inextricably connected the religious, cultural, and political history of this region over the past two millennia.

The Gospel Coalition - Scott Bridger
... Simon and Tejirian have done an admirable job focusing on the past 2,000 years of Christian presence and witness in the Middle East.

Transnational Perspectives - Rene Wadlow
... A fascinating and useful book...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231138642
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
10/30/2012
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Eleanor H. Tejirian is an associate research scholar at the Middle East Institute, Columbia University. She is the coeditor, with Reeva Spector Simon, of The Creation of Iraq, 1914—1921 and Altruism and Imperialism: Western Religious and Cultural Missions in the Middle East.

Reeva Spector Simon is the author of Iraq Between the Two World Wars: The Militarist Origins of Tyranny and Spies and Holy Wars: The Middle East in Twentieth-Century Crime Fiction. She is also a coeditor of The Jews of the Middle East and North Africa in Modern Times.

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