Middle East & North Africa

A Textbook Case of Discrimination as Palestinian Authority Schools Edit out Christians — and Jews
A Textbook Case of Discrimination as Palestinian Authority Schools Edit out Christians — and Jews

Seventy-six percent of Palestinian Christians gave the Palestinian Authority (PA) failing marks for how schools teach the history of Christians, according to a recent survey commissioned by The Philos Project.

On World Refugee Day, Remember the People at the Center of the Global Displacement Crisis
On World Refugee Day, Remember the People at the Center of the Global Displacement Crisis

World Refugee Day is an appropriate time to reflect on how policymakers should address these challenges while ensuring refugees have religious freedom.

Missed Opportunities for Religious Freedom in the Time of Corona - Coronavirus COVID-19
Missed Opportunities for Religious Freedom in the Time of Corona

After the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in China in December 2019, the world has been turned on its head,…

Palestinian Christian Educator Khalil Sakakini and His Dream of a Secular State
Palestinian Christian Educator Khalil Sakakini and His Dream of a Secular State

A Palestinian Christian educator, Khalil Sakakini (1887 – 1953) advocated for Arab nationalism and secularism in Palestine, even though his fellow Palestinians harassed him for his faith.

Turkish Media Targets Ecumenical Patriarchate Bartholomew I of Constantinople
Turkish Media Targets Ecumenical Patriarchate Bartholomew I of Constantinople

On May 4, a pro-government Turkish magazine published a special edition falsely alleging that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople (Istanbul) helped stage the July 15, 2016, coup attempt.

Shadi Hamid on “Church of Woke”

Here’s my interview with Brookings Institution senior fellow and Atlantic contributor Shadi Hamid about protests, riots and national conversation on…

Misunderstanding Copts in America: A Response to Candace Lukasik
Misunderstanding Copts in America: A Response to Candace Lukasik

Here lies the main problem with the article by Candace Lukasik: outside of its wrong claims, the article shows a clear lack of knowledge of anything resembling Coptic culture or history.

On This Nakba Day, Palestinians Need New Leadership
On This Nakba Day, Palestinians Need New Leadership

Today, Nakba Day, marks 72 years since the 1948 war between the fledgling Jewish state and its Arab neighbors. But the most pressing issue for Palestinians today is not the existence of Israel. It is the absence of Palestinian leadership.

Turkey the Only NATO Member Singled out in Annual Religious Freedom Report
Turkey the Only NATO Member Singled out in Annual Religious Freedom Report

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released its 2020 Annual Report and recommended the US government include Turkey on the State Department’s “Special Watch List” for “engaging in or tolerating severe violations of religious freedom.”