Den arabiske kristendommens historie er i ferd med å bli fysisk fjernet fra hele Midtøsten, med anklager om at arabiske kristne representerer vestlig tankegang. Islamister arbeider aktivt i en rekke land for å frata de kristne deres historiske plass I Midtøstens pluralistiske verden. Dette skjer mens verdenspressen omtrent ikke reagerer.
Midtøsten ekspert og forfatter, Raymond Ibrahim, sier at få er engang klar over kristendommens historiske rolle og nærvær I Midtøsten, en region som var kristen før islam ble innført. En ISIS video som ble offentliggjort forrige måned, viser hvorledes det religiøse ISIS’ politiet I Mosul, Irak Brenner hundrevis av kristne bøker som I henhold til deres islam-tolkning er blasfemisk litteratur.
PJ Media, Raymond Ibrahim article: Last month a video emerged showing Islamic State members tossing hundreds of Christian textbooks, many of them emblazoned with crosses, into a large bonfire. As one report put it, ISIS was “burning Christian textbooks in an attempt to erase all traces of” Christianity from the ancient region of Mosul, where Christianity once thrived for centuries before the rise of Islam.
As usual, ISIS is ultimately an extreme example of Islam’s normative approach. This was confirmed during a recent conference in Amman, Jordan, hosted by the Jerusalem Center for Political Studies. While presenting, Dr. Hanna Kildani, a Christian, said that “there is a complete cancelation of Arab Christian history in the pre-Islamic era,” “many historical mistakes,” and “unjustifiable historic leaps in our Jordanian curriculum.” “Tenth grade textbooks omit any mention of any Christian or church history in the region.” Wherever Christianity is mentioned, omissions and mischaracterizations proliferate, including the portrayal of Christianity as a Western (that is, “foreign”) source of colonization, said Kildani.
Dr. Hanna Kildani (left) told a conference in Amman in February that “there is a complete cancelation of Arab Christian history in the pre-Islamic era” in Jordan’s educational curriculum.
Of course, Christian minorities throughout the Middle East—not just in Jordan—have long maintained that the history taught in public classrooms habitually suppresses the region’s Christian heritage while magnifying (including by lying about) Islam.
“It sounds absurd, but Muslims more or less know nothing about Christians, even though they make up a large part of the population and are in fact the original Egyptians,” said Kamal Mougheeth, a retired teacher in Egypt. “Egypt was Christian for six or seven centuries [before the Muslim invasion around 640]. The sad thing is that for many years the history books skipped from Cleopatra to the Muslim conquest of Egypt. The Christian era was gone. Disappeared. An enormous black whole.”[i]
This agrees perfectly with what I recall my parents, Christians from Egypt, telling me of their classroom experiences from more than half a century ago: there was virtually no mention of Hellenism, Christianity, or the Coptic Church—one thousand years of Egypt’s pre-Islamic history. History began with the pharaohs before jumping to the seventh century when Arabian Muslims “opened” Egypt to Islam. (Wherever Muslims conquer non-Muslim territories, Islamic hagiography euphemistically refers to it as an “opening,”fath, never a “conquest.”)