Church & Catholicism in the Middle East

One of the books that should have figured on Pope Benedict´s reading list in preparation for the synod on the Middle East in Rome is the thorough introduction that was published earlier this year:  

Harold Suermann, Kirche und Katholizismus seit 1945: Naher Osten und Nordafrika (2010, Ferdinand Schoeningh)

This much-needed update on older overviews of Middle-Eastern Catholicism opens with an introductory chapter on common themes including the historical and current relations between the various Churches (Catholic and other), the relations with Islam and Judaism, and the continuous migration that drains most churches of their active members (though adding to others!), whereas Chs 2 to 10 give in-depth and detailed information of the situation in specific countries or regions. In addition to Suermann himself, chapters were written by Herman Teule (Turkey, Syria) and Rainer Zimmer-Winkel (‘Heiliges Land’ – the longest chapter).

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