Azar Ajaj on the history of evangelical Arabs in Israel-Palestine

At the annual general meeting (Winter of 2013) of the Evangelical Alliance of Israel, Azar Ajaj, president of Nazareth Evangelical Theological Seminary, presented this talk on the roots of evangelicalism among Arabs in Israel-Palestine.

Author: duanemiller

I was born in Montana and grew up in Colorado and Puebla (in Mexico). I completed a BA in philosophy at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and then an MA in theology at St Mary's University (also in San Antonio). Later life took me to Jordan where my wife and I studied Arabic, to Israel where I helped found a seminary, and to Scotland for doctoral work, among other places. I'm highly interested in the interactions of Islam, Christianity and secularism in modern contexts. My main areas of research for my PhD in divinity were religious conversion from Islam to Christianity, contextual theology, and the shari'a's treatment of apostates. I've also published research on global Anglicanism and the history of Anglican mission in the Ottoman Empire. I've had the pleasure of teaching in many places over the years: from Costa Rica to Turkey, and Kenya to Tunisia. Presently, I live in San Antonio where I am lecturer and researcher in Muslim-Christian relations at The Christian Institute of Islamic Studies (, and sometime adjunct professor of theology at St Mary's University. Visit my blog ( or page for more information or to have me speak at your church, university or seminary.

7 thoughts on “Azar Ajaj on the history of evangelical Arabs in Israel-Palestine”

  1. Thanks, Duane, for this. I am thrilled that pioneers like Shukri Musa and Majid Kawar should be remembered; would Michael Kawar from Nazareth who became an Anglican priest in the 1870/80’s have been any relation? Do continue encouraging this work!

    1. Hi Malcolm, the answer is I don’t know. There are lots of Kawars in and around Nazareth, including a few in the Baptist churches there. All in all, I don’t know that there is one single Kawar family though. I will ask Azar if he knows.

  2. The Kawar family is one, ‘m sure that Majeed s related to Michael. Let me check that with some of the Kawar family, t will be interesting to find out the relation.

    1. Thank you for your kind response – having written about Michael Kawar and his pioneering ministry in the Episcopal Church in the 19th century, it would indeed be very interesting to know of any link with Majeed. I was with CMS in Jordan myself for 6 years, and very much enjoyed your lecture.

      1. Thank you so much for confirming the link between the Revd. Majid Kawar and the Revd. Michael Kawar – the Lord is faithful, and so are his servants….. Every good wish for the New year to you and all your family.

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