The arab christian kenneth cragg on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers centuries before the existence of the islamic faith there were arabs who could be described as christian and there has been a christian arabism for those who would like to read a general history of the middle east they might find this book useful but . The next largest christian group in the middle east is the once aramaic speaking but now arabic speaking maronites who are catholics and number some 11 12 million across the middle east mainly concentrated within lebanon. Cragg sheds a gentle light on the twisted history of arab christian and arab muslim exchange in an early chapter in arabia before islam he documents the centrality of early christianity among arabs and with a keen if muted sense of pride locates the heart of the second century in the original semitic patriarchates. The arab christian a history in the middle east user review not available book verdict this important book by an anglican priest and scholar of islam and christianity deals perceptively with arab christians living in the middle east particularly egypt lebanon and israel
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