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    Christians in the  Christians in the  Arab World Arab World
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    Christians in the Arab World The Middle East – or more  specifically, the “Arab World” – is  viewed as the cradle of civilization,  not to mention the cradle of  Christianity. Christianity has flourished in the  Arab World for over two millennia Though Christianity – at one time – held a strong place in many Arab  nations, it has, since the rise of  Islam, diminished greatly.
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    Identity Identity These Christians, though quite religious  These Christians, though quite religious  for the most part, still consider  for the most part, still consider  themselves Arab. themselves Arab. After all, not all Arabs are Muslim, and  After all, not all Arabs are Muslim, and  not all Muslims are Arab not all Muslims are Arab Others, however, reject the classification  Others, however, reject the classification  of “Arab” and trace their roots back  of “Arab” and trace their roots back  further further Lebanese Christians  Lebanese Christians   ancient Phoenician   ancient Phoenician  roots roots Egyptian Coptics  Egyptian Coptics   ancient Egyptian roots  ancient Egyptian roots
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    Christians Today Today, there are only 14 million  Christians in the Arab world whose  descendants, during the massive spread  of Islam, chose not to embrace the  religion. These 14 million Christians, however, are  not necessarily united Split into several denominations Also scattered throughout the Arabic- speaking world
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    Denominations I Roman Catholic Church Greek Orthodox Church Syrian Orthodox (Antioch) The Coptic Church (Egypt) The Armenian Church Maronite Church (Lebanon) Non-uniate Assyrians
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    Denominations II Varied denominations due to schisms  that resulted from Constantine  introducing the idea that Christianity be  established as the official religion of the 
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This note was uploaded on 03/10/2008 for the course ARAB 003 taught by Professor Messiha,inas during the Fall '05 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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