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Keeping Christian music from the Middle East alive

As Christianity comes under attack in the Arab world, a performance celebrates its rich musical heritage

By Rob Sharp  

Susheela Raman and Sam Mills perform in Sacred Imaginings © Susheela Raman

These are challenging times to be a Christian in the Middle East. The place that gave birth to the religion now has the lowest concentration of Christians of any major geographic region. In 2014, Islamic State (IS) expelled Christians from Mosul, one of the world’s oldest Christian communities; in Egypt there have been anti-Coptic riots, killings and church burnings; and just this month there have been reports…

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