This book focuses on tensions between Christians and Muslims in one part of the large area where the two religions meet: the Eastern Mediterranean and the Nile Valley. It addresses the questions: What does religion mean in people's daily lives? In what ways is it a component of ethnic identity?
1. Muslim–Christian Conflicts: A Theoretical Perspective 2. Muslim–Christian Conflict in Lebanon: A Perspective on the Evolution of Sectarianism 3. Peasants and Social Protest: 1975–1976 Lebanese Civil War 4. The Copts and Muslims of Egypt 5. Sudan Civil War: Religion, Colonialism, and the World System 6. The Bosnian Muslims: Class, Ethnicity, and Political Behavior in a European State 7. Bicommunal Separatism in Cyprus