Much has been written about the Middle East and Europe. The links below provide some recommended reading on the topics indicated, hoping that you will find the annotated reading lists helpful and useful. Comments, and your suggestions for reading, are welcome. Please send them by e-mail to Global Ministries, at the e-mail address listed at the bottom of this page.
Church and Mission History, and Partners
The Middle East, the United States, and Europe
Lebanon, Syria and Jordan
Turkey and the Ottoman Empire, and the Armenians
Iraq and Iran
Interfaith Relations and Islam
Middle East Report: Primer on Palestine, Israel and the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Stone Cold Justice - A 2013 joint investigation by Four Corners and The Australian newspaper reveals evidence that shows the army is targeting Palestinian boys for arrest and detention. Video.
Militarization of the Middle East and the Church’s Economic Leverage
U.S. Weapons to Israel
Faith Under Occupation [PDF] The Plight of Indigenous Christians in the Holy Land
Churches for Middle East Peace Resources
Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace (a PCUSA resource for order)
The Code of Fair Practices for Journalists in the Middle East
"Publish it Not: How Israel Controls the Way the Media Portray the Occupation...," by Jonathan Cook
What is Islam? by Derek Duncan
Website Challenging Christian Zionism
"Christian Zionism: A Faithful Response"-A UCC Resource
- National Council of Churches Christian Zionism releases brochure
- Christian Zionism: The new heresy that undermines Middle East peace
- New book: More Desired than Our Owne Salvation - The Roots of Christian Zionism
- Christian Zionism, by Dr. Ninan Koshy
International Middle East Media Center
A Media Style Sheet on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, by J. Martin Bailey.
Israel-Palestine Resources from ELCA
USIP Report: "The Diversity of Muslims in the United States" March 9, 2006
EAPPI Fact Sheets on Israel-Palestine
Interfaith Relations Resources
Connecting Threads: Lilies Among Thorns
Watch, listen and study as partners and missionaries in the Middle East and Europe share the richness of their work. You will see people and images that challenge common assumptions and inspire hope amid many challenges - lilies among thorns.
This Holy Place
Explore the issues of peace and justice at stake in the Middle East conflict. For both youth and adult audiences. 16 minutes.
A Ride Through the Checkpoint - shows daily life for Palestinians
Experiencing the Palestinian Church
Churches for Middle East Peace Executive Director Warren Clark, Bishop Munib Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land and Patriarch Fouad Twal, the Latin Patriarch of the Holy Land and Jordan discuss the experiences of Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land and the ways that people in the United States can help achieve peace. (March 2, 2012)
Seeking Justice & Peace
A 19-minute video outlining the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the challenge of the Occupation. Produced primarily for internal use, the video does not claim high production values, but seeks to offer an overview of the conflict for those interested in the UCC's 2005 General Synod resolution, and a history of the current issues.
ACT Palestine Forum: Together for Peace and Justice
This ACT Palestine Forum (APF) video features the humanitarian work of APF through its members and highlights the urgent need for a just and peaceful resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Al-Nakba Every Day
An award winning documentary about water set in Aida refugee camp, the film explains how Palestinian water is redirected to Israel and the illegal settlements. A man examining an empty, dry n’ rusted storage tank swears to God his main concern is “the water and the water, every night…. Yesterday we commemorated the Nakba, everyday we have the Nakba, this is the biggest Nakba…. “ 12 minutes.
The Story of the Palestinian Church - Mitri Raheb
The Israel-Palestine conflict: a brief, simple history
The Lord's Prayer Sung in Arabic in Aleppo, Syria