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Finds of the Pre-Islamic Times

The Media Line and Catholic News agency both reported on an ancient Christian site dug up in Abu Dhabi. It’s now open to tourists and pilgrims, “offering … a rare glimpse into the Islamic emirate‚Äôs often-forgotten Christian past.”

This is welcome news — and stands in stark contrast to the situation in other lands. A month ago, Jim Davila commented on an eye-opening essay at Huffington Post, Sabria Jawhar’s Saudis Struggle With How to Treat Pre-Islamic Artifacts Unearthed in Saudi Arabia. Apparently, when relics of early Judaism and Christianity are found in Saudi Arabia, they’re often destroyed.