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Christianity in Iraq [Paperback]

By Suha Rassam (Author)
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Dr Suha Rassam follows the birth and development of the Christian community in Mesopotamia over the centuries to the modern state of Iraq and the present situation of Iraqi Christians. Book Description Christianity was firmly established in Iraq from the earliest times, and the Churches of Iraq were to play a major role in the development of Christian theology and spirituality for many centuries. By the seventh century evangelization from Iraq had brought Christianity to China, Central Asia and India. Yet few people in the West are aware of Christianity's vibrant past in this region, or of the fact that Christianity has continued to be a significant cultural and religious presence in Iraq right up to the present day. The story of the Churches of Iraq, their interaction with each other and their varied fortunes under successive Parthian, Sassanid, Arab, Mongol and Ottoman rule, is told here with consummate skill. Suha Rassam guides the reader seemingly effortlessly through complex issues of doctrinal dispute and ecclesiastical politics. She helps us explore the ancient heritage of these Churches, and the major contribution they have made to the intellectual development of the region and the wider world. 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

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Christianity was firmly established in Iraq from the earliest times, and the Churches of Iraq played a major role in the development of Christian theology and spirituality for many centuries. By the seventh century, evangelization from Iraq brought Christianity to China, Central Asia, and India. Yet few people in the west are aware of Christianity's vibrant past in the region, or of the fact that Christianity has continued to have a significant cultural and religious presence in Iraq even today.The story of the Churches of Iraq, their interaction with each other and their varied fortunes under successive Parthian, Sassanid, Arab, Mongol, and Ottoman rule, is related. Suha Rassam guides the reader through complex issues of doctrinal dispute and ecclesiastical politics. She explores the ancient heritage of these Churches, and the major contribution they made to the intellectual development of the region and the wider world.The author offers a detailed account of the Churches in the 20th century under British rule, the monarchy, and then the Ba'athist regime and Saddam Hussein. This book sheds much needed light on the present dire situation for Christians in Iraq. It is essential reading for all those in the West who are concerned for the future of Iraq and its people."Gives to the general interested public a comprehensive and informed insight into two thusand years of Christianity in Iraq."--Dr. Erica Hunter, SOAS, London University "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 Visitor Apostolic for Europe

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Studio: Gracewing Publishing
Pages   260
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.51" Width: 8.5" Height: 0.58"
Weight:   0.73 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 25, 2005
Publisher   Gracewing Publishing
ISBN  0852446330  
ISBN13  9780852446331  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Suha Rassam was born in 1941 in Mosul to a medical family. Assistant Professor of Medicinge in the University of Baghdad, she came to England in 1990 to do a furhter research. Since that time she has worked in hospitals in London, studied Eastern Christianity at London University, and is now retired.

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Middle Eastern Christianity  Aug 11, 2007
I personally think this is great INTRODUCTORY book on the subject. The author does a good job a portraying the Christain experience with the Muslims in an objective framework...Again, anyone in her position could have easily said Muslims are not tolerant, or are violent, and despise religious minorities. She made sure to inform her her audience of a times when they Muslims were inclusive and willing to learn from their Christian brethren; moreover, even in contemporary when Christians are in a dire situation in IRaq, she once more touches upon the fact most MUSLIM intellectuals and clerics in Iraq denounces all the violent acts committed against Iraqi Christains... This book is a must read and has plenty of references for research, although you would have to take up Arabic and Syriac =)
 
A Great Introduction  Feb 28, 2007
Suha Rassam's "Christianity in Iraq" is a very comprehensive study on the history of Christianity in Mesopotamia and Iraq from the early Church to the modern day. In this book, she very clearly describes the distinctive histories of the various Christian groups found in modern Iraq - most notably the Church of the East, the Syriac Orthodox Church, The Chaldean Church, the Syrian Catholic Church, the Armenian Apostolic and Catholic Churches and the Greek Orthodox and Catholic Churches, among others.

Reading this book, you will get a very clear picture of when Christianity came to Iraq, why there are so many different Christian groups in this land, and how these groups differ. As well, Rassam has clearly explained how Christians fared under Arab Muslim, Persian and Ottoman rule. In this she give a solid history of the causes and consequences of the Islamization of Iraq.

As well, Rassam provides a fascinating glimpse into the role of Iraqi Christians in contemporary Iraqi history, from the British Mandate to the Monarchy, Saddam and the current War in Iraq. As well, the book provides a very handy bibliography of English language works related to this topic for those interested in learning more.

This is an excellent book. If you are interested in learning about Iraqi Christians and the history of Christianity in Iraq, I would highly recommend this book to you.
 

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