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Eastern Christianity in the modern Middle East by Anthony O'Mahony, Emma Loosley

By Anthony O'Mahony, Emma Loosley

The center East is the birthplace of Christianity and the house to a couple of japanese church buildings with thousands of fans. This publication presents a entire survey of a few of the denominations within the sleek center East and should be of curiosity to a wide selection of students and scholars learning theology, heritage and politics.

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Poor personal relations between the two men also increased the traditional rivalry between the two leaders of the Maronite community. While the Lebanese state survived the 1958 crisis, fundamental questions about Lebanese identity and the purpose of the state had still not been addressed, leaving the Maronite community disunited and uncertain of the future. The impact of the civil war on the Maronites The factors that have been identified as the cause of the Lebanese civil war (1975–1990) can mostly be traced to the unresolved issues inherent in the Lebanese political system since its inception.

From the start of the conflict, internal disunity was rife among the Maronite groups whose leaders were manoeuvring to gain leadership of the community. 44 Although Bashir Gemayel managed to forcibly unite the Christian militias into the Lebanese Forces, conflict over the command of the militias resumed after his death in 1982. Relations with Israel also proved a divisive issue. 45 In this fragmented context, the Maronite community was in desperate need of leadership. Historically, this had been provided by the church, especially in times of crisis.

21 It so happens that many of these profound monastic writings came to be transmitted by Syrian Orthodox monks in Syriac, and one can conjecture that this may partly have been brought about by the change of ownership of some of these monasteries overlooking the Mesopotamian plain. An ancient monastery that has continued to function right up to the present day is that of Mar Mattai, not far from Mosul, in Iraq. Situated on the side of a mountain, it commands a marvellous view out over the plain below.

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