What is the attitude of Muslim Arabs towards Christian Arabs?

The countries with a historical Christian population of note are: Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, and Egypt. North Africa hasn't had much of a Christian population in centuries except when Algeria had a large French population. Anyway, the Christians in Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan don't face major issues, but because of the civil war in Syria, some fanatics did attack Christians and you do have some Sunnis with closed attitudes, but those types don't like any religious minority and the majority of Sunnis don't like those people, either. Prior to the civil war, there were no incidents vis-a-vis the Christians. In Egypt, the Christians for a long time complained that they could not build churches with ease. There was an old Ottoman law that made it difficult for Christians to build new churches. Supposedly, the law has been repealed, but for decades in Upper Egypt there have been attacks on Christians here-and-there, but so many Egyptian Muslims are in denial about it being a problem, if you ask me. I am not saying that the majority of Egyptians harbor such attitudes, but they haven't done enough to protect their Christian brothers over the decades and stand up to the closed-minded elements. In Jordan, I have never heard of any attacks on the Christian minority in recent memory. Jordanians may be conservative, but they don't bother the Christians. Morocco and Tunisia supposedly have small Christian minorities. I haven't ever heard of them facing any issues in the news. The country of Kuwait has a very small Kuwaiti Christian population. Some of them are of Palestinian descent. I have never heard of any of them being bothered in Kuwait, and Kuwait gave some citizenship. The Saudis don't allow Christians of any background to worship freely and practice their religion, and that should change. They don't have an indigenous Christian population.


See in a place like middle east where you're given preferences according to what you are Shia Sunni or Christian, its actually difficult to answer this. It depends upon countries and above all depends on peoples' mindsets. If you are in Saudi Arabia you'll be in a better stance if you're a Sunni, Christians aren't allowed to practice there and conversion to other religions is punishable by death. However in countries like Syria, Lebanon and places like Palestine, Kurdistan etc. the number of Christians is high. These places the people are friendly enough to accommodate Christians. Shia Christian relationship in middle east is quite strong especially in Syria and Lebanon as both of the religions are a minority and unity helps them coexist. 20% of Syria's population and over 48-50% of Lebanon's population is Christian. Egypt is another example. In Syria's civil war vast majority of Christians have supported and fought for al Assad. Co existence has always been under pressure as even a single rumour can turn the place in turmoil. Kurds are majority sunnis however they have faced the same opposition as the Christians have so there's lesser problems between the two. In Saddam's reign the Christians felt a lot safer rather than after invasion by the USA . Best schools in arab countries are often run by Christian denominations. In gulf , countries like Bahrain Oman and  UAE have created favourable conditions for Christians allowing them to construct places of worship. However no matter how much they contribute to the economy they aren't granted citizenship in the gulf. If a gulf citizenship converts as well he is eligible to be persecuted. A lot  of world famous arab actors and singers are Christians . Example: Fairouz and Nancy ajram are famous Christian singers. Andranik teymourian is an Armenian origin Christian who plays for the Iranian national team.

Most of us view them as an important component in our societies, and most importantly humans who deserve to live in dignity and practice what they believe in. They were living around us since forever, especially here in Jordan we can't really guess if this person we are talking to is Christian unless they say so, since we have the same culture and attitudes its hard to differentiate. Christians of the east are way more conservative than those of the west, as I said earlier the Christian family in the Arab world is different than that in the west, because they are Middle Easterns they share same characteristics and traditions of the Arabian Muslims.

The greatest and most loved singer in the Arab world Fairouz is Christian Lebanese that didn't prevent her from being the most loved singer, she too sang religious Islamic songs, and celebrated the Islamic Arabian traditions especially the Andalusian Islamic Heritage. In Iraq under Saddam Hussian, Tariq Aziz a Christian was his deputy. Even now despite the radicalism raising, Jordan a Muslim Arab country is they only safe shelter for Christians of Iraq, and we are more than happy to help and have them here.


Even though some might not consider Tunisians as Arabs because of genetics, we still consider ourselves as Arabs and we feel part of the Arab world because of our shared language, culture, values, morals and ethics. Tunisia has a highly homogeneous population, in total ~12.000.000. We don't have different ethnic groups or differnt religieus groups in "large"/moderate/significant numbers like in Egypt, Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan or Syria. We used to have a lot of Christians and Jews when France was colonizing Tunisia. The vast majority of Tunisians today are (Sunni) Muslims, the rest are Christians (~25.000) and Jews (~2.500). Christians live mainly in the capital Tunis and Jews live mainly on the island of Djerba along with Tunisian Muslims and also in the capital. We Tunisians see Christian Arabs as our own because we are the same the only difference is relgion and religious holidays. At the end of the day we are all Arabs who speak the same language and watch the same movies and we listen to the same music and we enjoy the same foods (depending on which country you're from). We get along fine and they are just as important as Muslims because one is not better than the other, it doens't matter whether the person is for example a Christian from Jordan or a Muslim from Iraq. Even if I met a Christian Arab in Tunsia or in the Netherlands I wouldn't have known that he/she is Christian unless he/she told me and even if I knew I wouldn't treat that person different whatsoever.

I go to Tunisia every year but I don't think that I've ever met a Christian Tunisian but I could be wrong of course. The first time in my life that I realised that I'd met a Christian Arab, was during Ramadan of 2014. I worked in a clothing store in the Netherlands and there was a new girl (she was a Syrian refugee) who came to work with us during the summer. On the first day we immidiatly clicked. On that same day when we had a 30 minute break and we went to the break room. She got out here food and started eating and that's when I realised that she wasn't Muslim. I asked here if she was Christian and she said yes. I told here that it was my first time meeting a Christian Arab and she laughed at that. The rest of that day and the rest of the summer we worked and talked normally and we had a lot of fun. I think that I would get along easier with a Christian Arab than a Muslim who isn't Arab. Simply because we have more in commen. That obviously doesn't mean that I don't get along with other Muslims who aren't Arab or that I dislike forming friendships with non-Arabs or that I prefer Arabs over non-Arabs (Muslims), that is absolutely definitely not the case. We just have a little less in commen. Most of my lifelong friends are not Arabs but Muslims from Somalia, Turkey and Berbers from Morocco. The rest of my friends that are Arab are Muslim Moroccan Arabs and Muslim Suadanese. I also have Dutch friends who identfy as athiests, a Dutch friend who is Protestant and a Polish friend and a friend from Rwanda who are both Catholics. To me it doesn't matter what religion or ethnicity or nationality a person has for me to form a friendship with that person. If the person has a good heart and good values and morals, that's more then enough.


Mutual respect and Fraternity.

Since I was a little child, I grew up knowing that our neighbours were christians. I wasn't aware of other religions concept, I only knew that we were a muslim family. Not too long I learned that they had a different religion from ours.

So were they different from us?

Absoloutly not.

They were simply the best neighbours we ever had. We used to visit each others from time to time, share food or even flowers from our gardens. They always congratulated us on our muslim's holidays and we did the same on Christmas and Easter.

We always shared happiness and sorrow, and helped each other in time of need. There was one day my sister was very sick and our neighbour (he was a doctor) came in for help without hesitation in the middle of the night.

In general, many communities of christians, muslims and jews have lived in harmony in Aleppo for a very long time, and numerous stories of harmony and fraternity between religions lies in the old alleys of our city


I'm sure that there is a lot of respect on some level however the dwindling amount of Christians in the ME causes me to think that Christian communities are in some peril.

In Iraq, on the verge of extinction.

Jordan, fewer and fewer.

Lebanon, no longer half the population.

Syria, holding strong but attacked.

Eygpt, in the 90's there were around 12 million Christians and now they are down to 9 million.

I'm gonna stop there because it's obvious that there is a problem and that Christians are having a tough time in the ME.

That's not to say that in Europe it's a cakewalk.

Marginalization and soft persecution rule the day, the militant leftwing secularism is taking its toll as well.


Personally, I see them as just as much my brothers and sisters as any Muslim Arabs. At the end of the day, we are the same people with a different tradition. There is no reason we shouldn't get along with one another.

From what I've seen in my personal life and studies about the Arab world, Arab Muslims don't seem to have any particular hatred towards Arab Christians. For example, Hezbollah which is a primarily Shia Muslim militia in Lebanon is supported by the Christians living there and his militia has protected them on several occasions.


For myself when I meet Arab christen people it feels so weird but not a negative feeling it's just weird sins everyone has the same religion it's just odd and It feels like their classy and rich and foreign .. But decently not a bad thing just an odd thing and I'm living in Iraq where Baghdad has more Christians than other cities in the sou and middle ( where I live )


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