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_facet Copts, 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, TRAVEL / Special Interest / Religious, Travel / Middle East / General, Yezidis, Zoroastrians
table_of_contents Mandaeans -- Yazidis -- Zoroastrians -- Druze -- Samaritans -- Copts -- Kalasha -- Detroit.
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title Heirs to forgotten kingdoms : journeys into the disappearing religions of the Middle East
title_display Heirs to forgotten kingdoms : journeys into the disappearing religions of the Middle East
title_full Heirs 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_short Heirs to forgotten kingdoms :
title_sort heirs to forgotten kingdoms journeys into the disappearing religions of the middle east
title_sub journeys into the disappearing religions of the Middle East
topic Copts, 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, TRAVEL / Special Interest / Religious, Travel / Middle East / General, Yezidis, Zoroastrians
topic_facet Copts, Description and travel, Druzes, Kalasha (Afghanistan people), Mandaeans, Religion, Religions, Religious life and customs, Religious minorities, Russell, Gerard, Samaritans, Travel, Yezidis, Zoroastrians