Heirs to forgotten kingdoms: journeys into the disappearing religions of the Middle East

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Despite its reputation for religious intolerance, the Middle East has long sheltered many distinctive and strange faiths. These religions represent the last vestiges of the magnificent civilizations in ancient history: Persia, Babylon, and Egypt in the time of the pharaohs. Their followers have learned how to survive foreign attacks and the perils of assimilation. But today, with the Middle East in turmoil, they face greater challenges than ever before. In "Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms", former diplomat Gerard Russell ventures to the distant, nearly impassable regions where these mysterious religions still cling to survival. He lives alongside the Mandaeans and Ezidis of Iraq, the Zoroastrians of Iran, the Copts of Egypt, and others. He learns their histories, participates in their rituals, and comes to understand the threats to their communities. Historically a tolerant faith, since the early twentieth century, Islam has witnessed the rise of militant, extremist sects. This development poses existential threats to these minority faiths. And as more and more of their youth flee to the West in search of greater freedoms and job prospects, these religions face the dire possibility of extinction.
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subject_facetCopts
Druzes
HISTORY / Middle East / General
Kalasha (Afghanistan people)
Mandaeans
Middle East -- Description and travel
Middle East -- Religion
Middle East -- Religious life and customs
RELIGION / History
RELIGION / Religious Intolerance, Persecution & Conflict
Religions
Religious minorities -- Middle East
Russell, Gerard -- Travel -- Middle East
Samaritans
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Yezidis
Zoroastrians
title_displayHeirs to forgotten kingdoms : journeys into the disappearing religions of the Middle East
title_fullHeirs to forgotten kingdoms : journeys into the disappearing religions of the Middle East / Gerard Russell ; foreword by Rory Stewart
Heirs to forgotten kingdoms : journeys into the disappearing religions of the Middle East [electronic resource] / Gerard Russell
title_shortHeirs to forgotten kingdoms
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Mandaeans
Religion
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Samaritans
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Yezidis
Zoroastrians