ACMCU Founding Director John L. Esposito Discusses the Current State of Christians in the Middle East with Dr. James Zogby

John Esposito, professor of International Affairs and Islamic Studies and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, discussed the current status of Christians in the Middle East. Dr. Esposito took a look at Christian populations in Iraq, Egypt, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon and discussed the issues in each. In Iraq, Dr. Esposito said the decline in population is mainly due to migration of people north to escape “Radical Sunni militia that goes after both Shi’a [Muslims] but particularly Christians in order to destabilize the country.” In Egypt, Dr. Esposito said that discrimination against Christians exists within a larger historical context and that the Egyptian government has often “acted in a very ambivalent way” toward the treatment and mistreatment of Coptic Christians in the country.

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