Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea? Re-Examining Christian Engagement with Ba’athism in Syria and Iraq

Louis Elton

Vol. 2, No. 2

Fall 2020

DOI: 10.33929/sherm.2020.vol2.no2.06

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Pages: 88-110

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Abstract

Social-Scientific Research

Louis Elton, Christianity, Arab Nationalism, Ba’athism, Syria, Iraq

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This article re-examines the dominant scholarly perception that Christian support for Arab Nationalist regimes is primarily a product of fear of Islamism. After a brief examination of the Christian origins of Ba’athism—a form of Arab Nationalism—the author argues that a more granular understanding of the current Christian politics of Syria and Iraq reveals that while some Christians have supported regimes out of fear, there is also significant strain of active, positive support, though to what extent this is a product of Christian identification with Arab identity requires further research. The study employs an examination of posts from pro-Assad Syrian Christian Facebook pages.

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