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  • 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 Persecution and Genocide of Christians in the Middle East

Prevention, Prohibition, & Prosecution

Published by Angelico Press .
Written in English

About the Edition

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

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
Contributor Biographies

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