Emigration of Christians from the Arab Middle East: A New Reading

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Since the late 1950s, Christians’ emigration from the Arab Middle East has been a basic phenomenon affecting the political and social landscape of the region as well as a fundamental dynamic behind the depression of its Christian demography. This article shows that the intensive departure has been the result of structural and historical factors related to the performance of the modern Arab nation-states in the post-colonial era. Instead of the generalized and simplistic explanations that are often advanced that link the Christians’ emigration to Islamic revivals, the main dynamic of this out migration instead can be found in the policies of the modern Arab state and the outbreak of communal and regional conflicts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-210
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of the Middle East and Africa
Issue number3
StatePublished - 3 Jul 2019
Externally publishedYes

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  • Arab-Christians
  • Copts
  • Iraq
  • Lebanon
  • Palestine
  • Syria
  • emigration
  • ethnic minorities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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