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Religions in the Middle East

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The Middle East is the birthplace of Judaism, Christianity, IslamIbadism, Shabakism and Yazidism. Many smaller minority religions such as Druze, Ibadi, Yazidis, Alawites were born there, too. The majority of the population in the Middle East adheres to Islam. Throughout history, there have been periods when people of all religions have lived together in peace, but there have also been periods when religious differences have led to war, death and displacement. At present, tensions exist between Islam’s biggest sects, the Sunnis and Shiites, in part as a consequence of a power struggle between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran, the two self-styled Islamic hegemons. Fanack provides a factual introduction to all the religions in the Middle East, offering you a clear and objective understanding of this highly sensitive subject.


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Obviously, secularist and non-Muslim historians who consider the Koran authentic do not see it as the word of God, as Muslims do; rather, they consider it as a credible source for what Muhammad said during his life.
Today, Sunnism is by no means limited to the traditional proto-Sunni model that emerged and flourished in Islam’s early centuries. Sunni movements, institutions, independent thinkers and even ordinary Sunni individuals subscribe...
Today, Shiites are divided into numerous sects, the largest being Twelver Shiism. Shiites make up the majority of the population in Iran, Iraq, Bahrain and Azerbaijan; and they constitute significant minorities in Lebanon, Yemen, ...
In recent times, although the total number of Christians in the area continues to grow, there has been a decline in their percentage compared to the Muslim majority. Analysts attribute this to three main causes: low birth rate, e...
Up to the January 2011 uprising, sectarian attacks became increasingly common and the police were often accused of siding against Christians. Christians were often forcefully displaced from whole towns after clashes, and particula...
The relationship between Muslims and Christians in Palestine is different from that in other Arab countries, according to some Christians. The Israeli occupation and all aspects of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, irrespective of...
Islamic State’s occupation and tight measures have had a major impact on the Christian minority and their lives. The UN stressed that the practices of IS against religious and ethnic minorities, including Christians, is "a syste...
Christians in Lebanon remain a sizeable and politically powerful minority, compared to elsewhere in the Middle East. They make up roughly one third of the country’s population of 4.4 million, and Lebanese President Michel Aoun i...
The attractiveness of Sufism is also due to the fact that it does not ban modern means of entertainment, unveiling or mixed dancing and chanting. Rather, the difference between virtues and vice is not determined by appearance but ...
Observers nonetheless hope that MBS will succeed in curtailing the influence of Wahhabi clerics. Then again, his foreign policy does not appear to offer an effective means to combat terrorism. Saudi Arabia’s devastating bombing ...

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