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Christian Religious Leadership in the Middle East: The Political Role of the Patriarch

Christian Religious Leadership in the Middle East: The Political Role of the Patriarch (Hardback)

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This study examines the political role of the two main Christian communities in the Middle East, the Copts and the Maronites. The work presents debates on the relationship between religion and politics, as well as secularization and the role of religious pluralism in state formation and national integration. This work offers an analysis of the role of religious institutions in both domestic and international politics. By examining the current theoretical debates on the relationship between religion and politics, the Middle East is examined not through the predominant religion Islam, but instead in the context of another indigenous faith to the region - Christianity. Two of the most outspoken yet respected individuals within the Eastern Christian churches - Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Shenouda III and Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir - are the subjects of this study on religious leadership and the Christian communities in the Middle East.

In explaining why these spiritual leaders are able to address political matters and act as communal spokesmen, McCallum identifies the significance of the tradition of patriarchal authority, the importance of the historical and political environment and the willingness of the leaders to take on a political role.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical structure & processesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsReligion: generalReligious issues & debates Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd Publication Date: 01/02/2010 ISBN-13: 9780773437043  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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