Christianity which originated in the middle east in the 1st century ad is a significant minority religion within the region christianity in the middle east is characterized by the diversity of its beliefs and traditions compared to christianity in other parts of the old worldchristians now make up approximately 5 of the total middle eastern population down from 20 in the early 20th . The arab christian a history in the middle east kenneth cragg snippet view 1992 common terms and phrases anatolia arab christianity arabia authority became become belong caliphate called century chapter christ christian arabs church claim concern conquest context continuing coptic copts crusades culture despite divine doctrine east eastern egypt egyptian elements europe european evidence . The arab christian a history in the middle east by kenneth cragg the arab christian book read reviews from worlds largest community for readers centuries before the existence of the islamic faith there were arabs w. Traces the long history of arab christianity from before islam through the early centuries of muslim and european influences and the ottoman empire to modern arabs it assesses the present situation in egypt the lebanon and israel and the future of christianity in the middle east. Craggs point is that arab christians and their presence in that part of the world is itself history and of considerably more antiquity than the arab muslims and their history cragg does not mean by pointing out that obvious fact to denigrate islam but he does make it clear that islam was a late comer to the region by some six or so centuries he also concedes that islam fits the middle
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