Christians in the Middle East

posted May 24, 2014, 2:35 AM by Professor Katz   [ updated Mar 9, 2018, 3:15 AM ]
'We will not resign ourselves to imagining a Middle East without Christians,' declared Pope FrancisOne can see why the pope is so concerned.  It's true that the total number of Christians in the Middle East (i.e. Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq) rose from 1.6M in 1900 to 7.5M in 2010, but the non-Christian population in that period increased ten times.  The upshot is that the proportion of Christians in the Middle East declined from 10% in 1900 to only 5% in 2010.  Not only do Christians tend to have fewer children than Muslims, but they are more likely to emigrate, so those who remain are generally older.
'Christian' is a big group, so here are the details: