Palestinian liberation theology, Muslim-Christian relations and the Arab-Israeli conflict

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This article offers an investigation of the history and intellectual development of Palestinian liberation theology. It focuses in particular on the ways in which the movement's founding writers both made use of and departed from the Latin American model to produce a new theology firmly grounded in specific, local historical and political conditions; the importance of the first intifada for the genesis of this new Palestinian version of liberation theology; and the effort by Palestinian liberation theologians to recast the relationship between Christianity and Islam in the modern Israeli/Palestinian context. It argues that Palestinian liberation theology has become an important intellectual movement among Palestinian Christian elites who seek to convince both Western Christians and Middle Eastern Muslims of a Christian theological justification for a political solution to the Palestinian plight.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-50
Number of pages12
JournalIslam and Christian-Muslim Relations
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Religious studies
  • Political Science and International Relations


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