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The Persecution and Genocide of Christians in the Middle East

Prevention, Prohibition, & Prosecution

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This edition was published in by Angelico Press

Written in English

406 pages

In summer 2014, ISIS waged a bloody blitz through Iraq's Nineveh province, crucifying, beheading, raping, torturing, forcibly converting to Islam, and driving out every member of the region's 2000-year-old Christian community. Christian girls, as young as three, were sold at ISIS sex slave markets in Mosul. Ancient churches were burned and ISIS attacked dozens of Christian towns in Syria. The beheading in 2015 of 21 Egyptian Copts was videotaped by ISIS and became a searing, iconic symbol of this wave of persecution that threatens to eradicate Christianity in the Middle East. Many in the West, even Christians, remain unaware of the scale of this persecution, and even fewer know what can be done about it.

Inspired by Pope Francis's denunciation of these acts as "genocide," a group of Catholic legal scholars, writers, and theologians began work on The Persecution and Genocide of Christians in the Middle East. Its case studies focus on persecuted Christians, but its analysis equally applies to the other victims. In the United States, military and diplomatic responses are contemplated and sometimes undertaken. But what about the legal system? Are there things we can or should be trying? That question animates this book as it explores various facets of religious persecution, examining ISIS's ideology and their relationship to Islam as practiced by most Muslims, as well as exploring the nature of religious freedom. Practical, relevant, and rich in ideas, this book addresses the most crucial religious freedom issue of our day. It is a primer for Christians, students of international human rights, and all concerned about religious persecution.

The book also examines:
Sexual violence as a tactic of terror and an element of genocide under international law.
The responsibility, not only of the militant terrorists who commit and direct the crimes, but also the network of businesses, bankers and money brokers, social media experts, clerics, academics, madrassas, prison chaplains, charities, and donors supporting them.
Applicable international law, especially criminal law, as it pertains to the special case of ISIS and other non-state terrorists.
U.S. law against torture.
The shortcomings of the International Criminal Court and potential role of ad hoc regional as well as national courts.
The tensions between peace and justice.
The Vatican's role in peace efforts in Syria, and the Christian response to persecution.

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Prevention, Prohibition, & Prosecution

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In summer 2014, ISIS waged a bloody blitz through Iraq's Nineveh province, crucifying, beheading, raping, torturing, forcibly converting to Islam, and driving out every member of the region's 2000-year-old Christian community. Christian girls, as young as three, were sold at ISIS sex slave markets in Mosul. Ancient churches were burned and ISIS attacked dozens of Christian towns in Syria. The beheading in 2015 of 21 Egyptian Copts was videotaped by ISIS and became a searing, iconic symbol of this wave of persecution that threatens to eradicate Christianity in the Middle East. Many in the West, even Christians, remain unaware of the scale of this persecution, and even fewer know what can be done about it.

Inspired by Pope Francis's denunciation of these acts as "genocide," a group of Catholic legal scholars, writers, and theologians began work on The Persecution and Genocide of Christians in the Middle East. Its case studies focus on persecuted Christians, but its analysis equally applies to the other victims. In the United States, military and diplomatic responses are contemplated and sometimes undertaken. But what about the legal system? Are there things we can or should be trying? That question animates this book as it explores various facets of religious persecution, examining ISIS's ideology and their relationship to Islam as practiced by most Muslims, as well as exploring the nature of religious freedom. Practical, relevant, and rich in ideas, this book addresses the most crucial religious freedom issue of our day. It is a primer for Christians, students of international human rights, and all concerned about religious persecution.

The book also examines:
Sexual violence as a tactic of terror and an element of genocide under international law.
The responsibility, not only of the militant terrorists who commit and direct the crimes, but also the network of businesses, bankers and money brokers, social media experts, clerics, academics, madrassas, prison chaplains, charities, and donors supporting them.
Applicable international law, especially criminal law, as it pertains to the special case of ISIS and other non-state terrorists.
U.S. law against torture.
The shortcomings of the International Criminal Court and potential role of ad hoc regional as well as national courts.
The tensions between peace and justice.
The Vatican's role in peace efforts in Syria, and the Christian response to persecution.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1 ISIS Genocide of Christian Communities in Iraq and Syria - Nina Shea
2 Genocide, Statecraft, and Domestic Geopolitics - Robert A. Destro
3 Historical and Theological Reflections on the Persecution of Christians - Robert Fastiggi
4 International Humanitarian Law (IHL): Five Key Dynamics Shaping the Global Landscape, Security, and Freedon of Religion and the Way Ahead - Kevin H. Govern
5 Sexual Violence as a Tactic of terror: The Plight of Christian Women and Girls - Jane F. Adolphe
6 Sharia Law, the "Islamic" State, and the Persecution of Christians: Moving Past Phobia and Neologisms - Geoffrey Strickland
7 The Theory of Religious Freedom - Fr. Piotr Mazurkiewicz
8 The Holy See's Diplomatic Response to the Crisis in Syria - John M. Czarnetzky
9 Using the Torture Act Against the Persecution of Christians - Mark Healy Bonner
10 International Criminal Law - Kevin Cieply
11 Persecution of Christians in the Middle East: The Failed Promise of the International Criminal Court - Ronald J. Rychlak
12 The Zhejiang Cross Problem: An Argument for an International Convention Prohibiting (Religious) Cultural Genocide - Richard V. Meyer
13 Under Caesar's Sword: A Report on the Conference Al Kresta
Glossary
Contributor Biographies

Contributors

Editor
Jane F. Adolphe
Contributor
Nina Shea
Contributor
Robert A. Destro
Contributor
Robert Fastiggi
Contributor
Kevin H. Govern
Contributor
Geoffrey Strickland
Contributor
Piotr Mazurkiewicz
Contributor
John M. Czarnetzky
Contributor
Mark Healy Bonner
Contributor
Kevin Cieply
Contributor
Richard V. Meyer
Foreword
Jane F. Adolphe
Preface
Ronald J. Rychlak

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Number of pages
406
Dimensions
9 x 6 x 1 inches
Weight
1.5 pounds

ID Numbers

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OL26358935M
ISBN 13
9781621382805

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