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Volume :14 Issue : 53 1995      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

The Role of Medical Care in Christian Missions to the United Arab Emirates (in Arabic)

Auther : Fatma Al-Sayegh

Since the early 20th century, the United Arab Emirates (hereafter referred to as the U.A.E.) has witnessed the arrival of a large number missionaries, who considered the area as a fertile ground for their work. The missionaries adopted different methods of conversion including medical service, which, was seen as the most convenient and suitable for the U.A.E. society. Vital needs such as medical services and sanitary were absent. Poverty and illiteracy facilitated the missionaries penetration into the Emirates, and they made their presence acceptable. It was these conditions that gave the missionaries the right to stay and carry on with such activities. Their motto was No attendance to preaching - No medical treatment.

The natives were confused. On one hand, they welcomed the missionaries since they were in urgent need for their services, and, on the other, they refused their religious ideas and the attempts towards conversion. The first modern hospital was established in the U.A.E. in 1949. This meant that the missionaries lost ground for their work in the region. Despite this, they continued to offer their services.

 

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