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A bomb struck the complex of the historic Church of Saint Porphyrius in Gaza on Oct. 19. The bomb killed more than a dozen of the hundreds of Christians and Muslims taking shelter inside and wounded others.

Many Christian and Muslim families in Gaza today were displaced in 1948, after the United Nations divided this formerly Ottoman land into new Arab and Jewish states. Today’s Palestinian Christians occupy a complicated place in this contested land.

Distinguished Professor of Humanities Christine Shepardson, a historian of Roman Christianity who focuses on the eastern Mediterranean, shares her expertise on the complexity of Gaza. Read more at The Conversation.

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