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In conjunction with our Agape Lunch, we will be hosting Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb to talk about his newest book “The Politics of Persecution” .  Please join us to listen to Mitri share insights and ideas that inspired him to write this timely book.

For more information please contact Caryl Weinberg at cweinberg@firstpresevanston.org

About the book:

Persecution of Christians in the Middle East has been a recurring theme since the middle of the nineteenth century. The topic has experienced a resurgence in the last few years, especially during the Trump era. Middle Eastern Christians are often portrayed as a homogeneous, helpless group ever at the mercy of their Muslim enemies, a situation that only Western powers can remedy. The Politics of Persecution revisits this narrative with a critical eye. Written by Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb,  a well-known Palestinian Christian theologian, The Politics of Persecution provides an insider perspective on this contested region. Middle Eastern Christians survived successive empires by developing great elasticity in adjusting to changing contexts; they learned how to survive atrocities and how to resist creatively while maintaining a dynamic identity. In this light, Raheb casts the history of Middle Eastern Christians not so much as one of persecution but as one of resilience.


November 7
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CST