This symposium will build upon increasing scholarly interest in the role of Christians in the Middle East Conflict. It speaks to the general debates over civilizational clash and cultural interaction and dialogue. The influence of Christianity has been discussed in critical texts covering the relationship of the modern Christian Zionist movement with Western attitudes and foreign policies toward the region in both historical and modern dimensions. At the same time there has been an increasing interest in the historic and modern churches of the Middle East, though much of this emphasizes the inexorable decline of the influence of Christians in the region. Do Christians have a role to play in the ongoing conflicts in the region, for good or ill? This symposium will be a deliberate attempt to bring to light the relationship of Christians to the modern Middle East conflict, both within the region and at the global level.
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