Christianity in Persia and the Status of Non-Muslims in Modern Iran

Christianity in Persia and the Status of Non-Muslims in Modern Iran

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Writing on an often overlooked section of contemporary Persian culture, A. Christian Van Gorder provides a comprehensive and readable introduction to the experience of Christians and other non-Muslims in Iran throughout history and into the present day. Van Gorder gives a fascinating account of the history of Christianity in Persia. By debunking the common misconceptions and stereotypes driven by recent political events and the media, he shows the current relationship that Muslim majority in Iran has taken toward people of other more

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  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 635.03g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
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  • 0739136097
  • 9780739136096
  • 2,185,820

About Christian Van Gorder

A. Christian Van Gorder is associate professor of religion at Baylor more

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[Van Gorder] argues that the ancient roots of Christianity in Persia (Iran) are deep and can potentially feed on-going interfaith dialogue within the country. While recognizing the predominant influence of Shi'ite Islam and the increasingly common persecution of Christians since 1979, the book holds that such dialog is nonetheless possible, especially when cast in the context of official Iranian policies toward religious minorities, some of which-Zoroastrians and Baha'is in particular-have faced significantly worse treatment than the 'People of the Book.' The book encourages a general readership to engage interfaith dialog within a context where the grounds between dominant and subordinate religious traditions constantly shifts. It uses historical analysis and interfaith comparison to promote attitudes of reflection, love, and perseverance among Christians and thus a stronger, more deliberate Christian witness. -- Glenn Sanders, Oklahoma Baptist University An absorbing and skillful articulation of the centuries old Muslim-Christian interaction in Iran, with an eye to contemporary developments. Christianity in Persia and the Status of Non-Muslims in Modern Iran is sure to become a required reading for understanding the role of interfaith relations in contemporary Iran. -- Artyom Tonoyan, Baylor Universityshow more

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