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Christians in the Middle East


In 1997 the Scots writer, William Dalrymple, wrote From the Holy Mountain: a journey in the shadow of Byzantium, an account of a journey he made on foot in the Middle East in the mid-1990’s. Setting out from Mount Athos in Greece, he travelled through Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan and Egypt, searching for remnants of Byzantium. Dalrymple refers to ‘a degree of prejudice and intolerance in Israel reminiscent of other Middle Eastern countries – notably Turkey – where a religiously homogeneous majority is able to lord it over a relatively powerless minority community’.

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