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Notice board: Islam and Christianity

02 February 2018

MOHAMMED GIRMA and Cristian Romocea, both based at the Inter­national Bible Advocacy Centre, have edited Christian Citizenship in the Middle East: Divided allegiance or dual belonging (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, £19.99 (£18); 978-1-78592-333-3), with a foreword by the Bible Society’s chief executive, Paul Williams. Other contributors are Nigel Biggar, Najib George Awad, Issa Diab, C. A. Strine, and Ben Ryan. The book covers a Christian concep­tion of citizen­ship; the Bible, Christ­ian­ity, and patriotism; Christian con­tributions to social harmony in the Middle East; Middle Eastern Chris­tian experience; migra­tion, dual ident­ity, and integration; and citizens, migrants, and states.

Jonathan Andrews, author of Identity Crisis: Religious registra­tion in the Middle East, believes that many Middle Eastern Christians’ problems come down to the legal code that defines people in terms of their faith, and he looks at the situation area by area, before offering his hopes for a new future of peace (Gilead Books Pub­lishing, £8.95 (£8.05); 978-0-9932090-2-4).

Nabeel Qureshi, a convert from Islam to Christianity, critically exam­ines the claims of both faiths in No God But One: Allah or Jesus? Beliefs are com­pared in the first sec­tion, and the truth of each religion is assessed in the second (Zonder­van, £10.99 (£9.90); 978-0-310-52255-3).

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