A Muslim scholar on the Christians in Iraq

Thought for the Day, 16 November 2010

Prof. Mona Siddiqui

When watching tv images of war-torn areas, I have often wondered what it would be like to survive in a country going through real conflict. For I have never lived in a society which is fragmented, torn or divided through war or hatred. I’ve never felt that my house might be snatched away from me or that one day I may be forced to run, start all over again in a distant land surrounded by strange faces and unfamiliar voices.

Yet this may be precisely what many of the Christian communities in Iraq are facing. While many religious groups have faced violence and devastation in the last few years in Iraq, the bombing of a Catholic cathedral in Baghdad some two weeks ago where around 50 people died, has brought into sharp focus the tragic plight of the dwindling Christian communities in Iraq. The sense of shock and grief pervades. The Middle East has been home to Christian communities for centuries, many predating the arrival of Islam but now there are those who will feel that peaceful coexistence has finally given way to brutal dominance. In their vulnerability and minority some of the Christians are being targeted as conspirators by those for whom faith has only one face and demands the eradication of any difference. Read on…

(Thanks to Belu Balaj for this.)

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You may find HERE an interview with Prof. Siddiqui on relations between Muslims and people of other faiths.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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