Religion in the Middle East


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Religion in the Middle East

One scholar stated that Middle East was once a region of religious diversity but recently there has been a mass emigration of minorities. This has almost changed the region to religious monolithic and there is a probability that this trend will continue even in future due to the continuous tensions in the region (Okkenhaug & Flaskerud 85). For instance, there was a stronger commonality between Jews and Christians in countries like Egypt and Syria than it is the case currently. But due to the increased tensions that the area has faced for the last few decades like the case of wars on terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan and the last tension in Iran due to the US stand on; many people especially the religious minorities have left the Arab World for other regions in the world. What caused this sudden shift is yet a concern for researchers (Gunderson 5).

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Okkenhaug, Inger. & Flaskerud, Ingvild. Gender, Religion and Change in the Middle East: Two Hundred Years of History. London: Sage, 2005

Stacey, Gill. Religions of the Middle East. London: Sage, 2009