n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The religious other as a threat : religious persecution as an expression of xenophobia - a global survey of Christian-Muslim convivience

Volume 37, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



This article examines xenophobia as a significant factor in religious persecution in contexts where Christians and Muslims live together, because "the religious other" is often perceived as a threat, resulting in restriction of religious freedom and social discrimination. The article explores a deeper understanding of the interplay between religion, xenophobia and religious persecution by examining the relevant data in the most extensive scholarly surveys on religious freedom / persecution in the world and draws on a new hermeneutical model of understanding the stranger.

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