The New York Times has an interesting story about the dramatic decline of Christian communities in the Middle East. I’d like to see a deeper exploration of the chronology of this trend, but it seems like a good survey of this phenomenon.
It’s easy to forget about the Christian communities in the Middle East when our culture often identifies the Middle East almost exclusively with Islam and Israel. But this identification is getting more accurate. Here’s a parallel to our conceptions of the Middle East from an anonymous man quoted in the article:
A Syrian international aid worker said, “When other Arabs find out that I am Christian, many seem shocked to discover that you can be both an Arab and a Christian.” The worker asked to remain anonymous so as not to bring attention to his faith.