Special Issue: Disappearing Christians of the Middle East

Editors' Introduction, Why a Special Issue?
The lasting importance of Middle Eastern Christians

Hilal Khashan, Arab Christians as Symbol
Their circumstances mirror the state of politics, economics, and more.

Francis Deng, Sudan – Civil War and Genocide
South Sudan suffers from perhaps the worst humanitarian disasters anywhere today.

Imad Boles, Egypt - Persecution
Can Egypt's Copts overcome a long history of repression?

Daphne Tsimhoni, Israel and the Territories – Disappearance
Will the Holy Land contain many holy sites but no Christians?

Farid El-Khazen, Lebanon – Independent No More
Christians still suffer from the effects of Lebanon's war, 1975-90

Ray Mouawad, Syria and Iraq – Repression
Ba`thist totalitarianism drives Christians to the West.

Walid Phares, Are Christian Enclaves the Solution?
Lebanon, northern Iraq, and southern Sudan are the most likely candidates

Louis Gordon, Christians in the American Court System
They face many obstacles on the way to winning asylum


Prince Hassan of Jordan, "Jordanian Christians are Fully Integrated"
Why Muslim-Christian dialog matters so much.

Elliott Abrams, "Religious Freedom is More Important Today"
An assessment by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom's chairman

Not a Parody – Conversion to Christianity is a Capital Offense
How the Taliban of Afghanistan understand religious freedom