Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

The Last Supper: The Plight of Christians in Arab Lands

Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

The Last Supper: The Plight of Christians in Arab Lands

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The Last Supper: The Plight of Christians in Arab Lands. By Klaus Wivel. Trans, by Mark Kline. New York: New Vessel Press, 2016. 220 pp. $16.95, paper.

Danish journalist Wivel is to be commended for shedding light on an important but ignored topic, the plight of present-day, Arabic-speaking Christians. His firsthand discussions with an assortment of Christians offer helpful insights. Among these are the cultural differences between Copts, Greek Orthodox Palestinians, and Maronites, who are often conflated as "Mideast Christians." His discussions with an Egyptian teacher and Iraqi politician are especially useful: Public schools in their countries have removed Christianity from history texts so that indigenous Christians are now seen as foreigners.

Unfortunately, the book fails to deliver. Despite its ambitious subtitle, it confines itself to too small a vista. Of the twenty-two Arab states, the book covers only Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, and the West BankGaza. …

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