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  • Foreword
    David Alton
  • Author
    Edward S. Aris

Abducted in Iraq

A Priest in Baghdad

Published by University of Notre Dame Press .
Written in English.

About the Edition

How do we respond in the face of evil, especially to those who inflict grave evil upon us? Abducted in Iraq is Bishop Saad Sirop Hanna’s firsthand account of his abduction in 2006 by a militant group associated with al-Qaeda. As a young parish priest and visiting lecturer on philosophy at Babel College near Baghdad, Fr. Hanna was kidnapped after celebrating Mass on August 15 and released on September 11. Hanna’s plight attracted international attention after Pope Benedict XVI requested prayers for the safe return of the young priest.

The book charts Hanna’s twenty-eight days in captivity as he struggles through threats, torture, and the unknown to piece together what little information he has in a bid for survival. Throughout this time, he questions what a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq means for the future, as well as the events that lead the country on that path. Through extreme hardship, the young priest gains a greater knowledge both of his faith and of remaining true to himself.

This riveting narrative reflects the experience of persecuted Christians all over the world today, especially the plight of Iraqi Christians who continue to live and hold their faith against tremendous odds, and it sheds light on the complex political and spiritual situation that Catholics face in predominantly non-Christian nations. More than just a personal story, Abducted in Iraq is also Hanna’s portrayal of what has happened to the ancient churches of one of the oldest Christian communities and how the West’s reaction and inaction have affected Iraqi Christians. More than just a story of one man, it is also the story of a suffering and persecuted people. As such, this book will be of great interest to those wanting to learn more about the violence in the Middle East and the threats facing Christians there, as well all those seeking to strengthen their own faith.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Sign and the Soccer Field
Chapter 2 On the day my life would be forever altered
Chapter 3 I am here and this is real Be strong
Chapter 4 The Chair Man
Chapter 5 Abu Hamid
Chapter 6 This is where we end them
Chapter 7 A Good Man and the Americans
Chapter 8 Ibn Rushd
Chapter 9 Kafir
Chapter 10 The Sniper, the Butcher, and the Dogs
Chapter 11 Escape
Chapter 12 Beyond Survival
Chapter 13 Are you not pleased?
Chapter 14 The Highway
Chapter 15 The Answer

The Physical Object

Number of pages
8.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches
14.4 ounces

ID Numbers

Open Library
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