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).