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Middle Eastern Christian Spaces in Europe: Multi-sited and Super-diverse

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Despite little scholarly attention, Middle Eastern Christian Churches are a well-established element of the European religious landscape. Based on collaborative research, this article examines how three mutual field visits facilitated a deeper understanding of the complexity that characterises church establishment and activities among Iraqi, Assyrian/Syriac and Coptic Orthodox Christians in the UK, Sweden and Denmark. Exploring analytical dimensions of space, diversity, size, and minority position we identify three positions of Middle Eastern Christians: in London as the epitome of super-diversity, in Copenhagen as a silenced minority within a minority, and in Södertälje as a visible majority within a minority.

Affiliations: 1: Roskilde University, galal@ruc.dk ; 2: University of Edinburgh, alistair.hunter@ed.ac.uk ; 3: University of St Andrews, fm25@st-andrews.ac.uk ; 4: Roskilde University, slsparre@ruc.dk ; 5: University of Lodz, martawozniak@uni.lodz.pl

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