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Najib George Awad
And Freedom Became a Public-Square
Political, Sociological and Religious Overviews on the Arab Christians and the Arabic Spring
Reihe: Studien zur Orientalischen Kirchengeschichte
Bd. 46, 2012, 280 S., 29.90 EUR, 47.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-643-90266-5
This book is an attempt at introducing the readers to some of the substantial components and pivotal ramifications of the latest revolutions in the Arab World, known as "the Arabic Spring". It aims at offering a fresh, timely and intellectual reading of the promising "Spring" in Syria and in the rest of the "born-again" Arab world. This text is an interdisciplinary study in three parts. The first part is on the uprisings in general. The second is on the Christians in the Arab world and their view of the uprisings, with primary attention to the case of Syria, while the third part is an invitation for developing an Arabic contextual religious discourse out of the recent Arabic (deeply religious) world's context and changes. What we have here is a book to be beneficial for both those who would like to have a general idea about what happened, and is still happening, in the Arab world, as well as those who would like to get some insightful and coherent understanding of why, how and on what presumptions the Arab Christians base their appraisal of, and stances on, the Arabic Spring.
" ... in his attempt to reflect upon the "spring of the Arabs", Najib Awad .... provides his readership with an interpretative clue to more thoroughly understand this multi-faceted phenomenon. ...He also explores the future ways of a craved-for spring of theology within Arab Christianity. All this makes the following pages worth reading!" (Prof. Dr. Assaad E. Kattan, University of Münster)
Najib George Awad is Associate Professor of Christian Theology and Director of the PhD Programme in Hartford Seminary, Connecticut, USA.