When Martyrdom Isn’t a Metaphor

'The Global War on Christians'

Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution
John L. Allen Jr.
Image, $25, 320 pp.

Toward the beginning of The Global War on Christians, John Allen tells the story of a Christmas Day 2011 bombing by the Islamist group Boko Haram that killed forty-five worshippers outside a Catholic church in Madalla, Nigeria. This attack, like so many others...

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About the Author

Gabriel Said Reynolds is professor of Islamic studies and theology at the University of Notre Dame and co-director of the International Qur'anic Studies Association.