Publication Date

Spring 5-30-2021


School of Music; School of Religion (1971-2015)


Global Studies; Interdisciplinary Studies; Music: World Cultures


church, church music, music, global studies, worship, Palestine, Israel, Bethlehem, Arab, Christian, Muslim, Islam, Arab world, Arab worship, Arab Christian, Arabic, Palestinian Christians


Arabic Language and Literature | Arabic Studies | Biblical Studies | Christian Denominations and Sects | Christianity | Ethnomusicology | History of Christianity | Inequality and Stratification | International and Intercultural Communication | Islamic Studies | Linguistic Anthropology | Liturgy and Worship | Migration Studies | Missions and World Christianity | Musicology | Near and Middle Eastern Studies | Politics and Social Change | Social and Cultural Anthropology


Often the story of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is portrayed as Jewish vs. Muslim, Hebrew vs. Arab. There is little room in the international dialogue for minorities such as Arab Christians. Though Palestinians have a rich culture of Arabic musical and poetic heritage, they are unable to produce their own new songs. In this study I interviewed three members of Immanuel Evangelical Church on their experiences and opinions on local Christian worship. The findings show that Palestinian Christians may feel unable to write worship music because of a prevalent feeling of inadequacy and a lack of musical training. I propose several courses of action that could encourage local believers to write new worship music by the church and for the church.