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Christian Citizenship in the Middle East: Divided Allegiance or Dual Belonging?

by Mohammed Girma and Cristian Romocea Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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For Christians living as a persecuted minority in the Middle East, the question of whether their allegiance should lie with their faith or with the national communities they live in is a difficult one. This collection of essays aims to reconcile this conflict of allegiance by looking at the biblical vision of citizenship and showing that Christians can live and work as citizens of the state without compromising their beliefs and make a constructive contribution to the life of the countries they live in.


The contributors come from a range of prestigious academic and religious posts and provide analysis on a range of issues such as dual nationalism, patriotism and the increase of Islamic fundamentalism. An insightful look into the challenges religious minorities face in countries where they are a minority, these essays provide a peace-building and reconciliatory conclusion for readers to consider.



1. Citizenship: A Christian Conception - Mohammed Girma, BFBS and University of Pretoria, South Africa;

2. The Bible and Patriotism - Nigel Biggar, University of Oxford, UK;

3. A Place to Call Home: Middle Eastern Christian Experience of Living on the Intersection of Two Allegiances - Issa Diab, Near East School of Theology, Lebanon;

4. The Contributions of Syrian Christians to Social

Harmony - Najib Awad, Hartford Seminary, USA;

5. Displacement and Dual Identity: Faithful Presence Here and Now - Casey Strine, University of Sheffield, UK.

6. States, Citizens and Migration - Ben Ryan, Theos, London.


This book provides a provocative set of reflections on an important and timely theme: Christian citizenship as a response to the crisis arising in the Middle East. It begins a conversation that is essential to the preservation of pluralism in the Middle East that also extends to our own western societies.
Mohammed Girma PhD is International Advocacy Officer at the International Bible Advocacy Centre and Research Fellow at the

University of Pretoria.

Cristian Romocea PhD is Senior Bible Advocate at the International Bible Advocacy Centre (IBAC ).