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Religious liberty “is the canary in the mine for liberty more generally,” declares the publisher of “Christianophobia.” The fate of Christians reveals a great deal about the state of democracy and freedom in countries that have seen upheaval and uncertainty in the wake of the Arab Spring.

“If people are allowed to believe what they want, the implication of that is that their dignity is respected,” Mr. Shortt said. “By and large, countries that don’t allow freedom of belief tend not to allow other freedoms either.”

“Christianophobia” was published by Rider in the United Kingdom in November and will be released by Eerdmans Publishing in the U.S. this spring.

Michal Conger is a digital editor for Times247.