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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Christianity in Persia and Iran

Iran continues to exercise great attention in geopolitics and the media. It is often portrayed as a Muslim theocracy, but that notion overlooks much, especially in Persian history. A recent study helps us to understand better Christianity in Persia and Iran: A. Christian Van Gorder, Christianity in Persia and the Status of Non-Muslims in Modern Iran (Lexington Books, 352pp).

About this book, the publisher tells us:
Writing on an often overlooked section of contemporary Persian culture, A. Christian Van Gorder provides a comprehensive and readable introduction to the experience of Christians and other non-Muslims in Iran throughout history and into the present day. Van Gorder gives a fascinating account of the history of Christianity in Persia. By debunking the common misconceptions and stereotypes driven by recent political events and the media, he shows the current relationship that Muslim majority in Iran has taken toward people of other faiths.

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