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1. Introduction Daniel Philpott and Timothy Samuel Shah; 2. On the brink of extinction: Christians in Iraq and Syria Kent Hill; 3. To whom do we turn? How Christians respond to religious persecution: lessons from Kenya, Nigeria, and Sudan Robert Dowd; 4. Christians in Egypt, Libya, and the OPT responding to the aftermaths of the Arab revolts Mariz Tadros; 5. Christian responses to persecution in the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Christian Van Gorder; 6. Christian repression and survival in post-Soviet central Asia Kathleen Collins; 7. Repression, restriction and response in contemporary Russia Karrie Koesel and Jekaterina Dunajeva; 8. Christians in Pakistan and Afghanistan: responses to marginalization from the peripheries Sara Singha; 9. Christian responses to repression in India and Sri Lanka: religious nationalism, legal restriction, and violence Chad Bauman and James Ponniah; 10. Christian responses to persecution in communist Vietnam and Laos Reg Reimer; 11. Evangelization amid cooperation, accommodation, and resistance: Chinese Christian response to persecution in communist China Fenggang Yang; 12. Christians and multi-religious citizenship in Muslim Indonesia Robert Hefner; 13. Latin America: (still) site of persecution and (evolving) global defender of the persecuted Paul Freston; 14. Western Christians' responses to denials of religious freedom Paul Marshall; 15. Christian transnational networks respond to persecution Maryann Cusimano Love; Glossary.

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The first systematic global study of how Christians respond to persecution, presenting new research by leading scholars of global Christianity.

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Daniel Philpott is Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Timothy Samuel Shah is Director for International Research at the Religious Freedom Research Project of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, Washington DC. He is also Research Professor of Government at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion and a Senior Director with the Religious Freedom Institute.


'As editors Daniel Philpott and Timothy Samuel Shah show in this immensely valuable volume, nearly three-quarters of the world's people live in nations burdened with religious discrimination or worse, and eighty percent of the violence and persecution is directed against Christians. Followers of Jesus Christ are the most commonly repressed, attacked and violated religious group not just in history, but right now in countries across the globe. The editors have done a superb job of gathering together comprehensive proof of anti-Christian persecution from a wide range of regions and political circumstances, and the overall effect is stunning - but also unimpeachable. Anyone sincerely interested in human rights and dignity needs to read and share this book.' Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia

'… the book's value as a rubric for understanding Christian responses to persecution, and religious persecution more broadly, allayed skepticism about the focus on Christian persecution. There is much that non-Christian and even non-religious victims of political and social persecution around the world can learn from this volume. Its chapters spanning Africa, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and even the still largely Christian West provide comprehensive information …' M. Christian Green, Journal of Church and State

'… a robust and welcome addition to our understanding of contemporary Christianity worldwide.' Jason Bruner and David C. Kirkpatrick, Journal of World Christianity

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