Middle East & North Africa

What Ilhan Omar’s Israel Affair Can Teach Americans about Respecting Islam

Ilhan Omar is in the news again with fellow countercultural congresswoman Rashida Tlaib after both were barred from entering Israel…

Coptic Scribe’s History Reveals Resistance and Oppression after Egypt’s Conquest: Review of Cromwell’s Recording Village Life

In AD 641, Muslim Arabs completed their conquest of Egypt, expelling the former Byzantine rulers. The native Christian Copts embarked…

How Can Christians and Muslims Improve the Middle East?

Ignoring the democracy versus pluralism dilemma fails to address the core issue facing both communities at the onset and consequently will not yield a Middle East friendlier to human rights and religious liberty. This debate is one that governments and politicians themselves cannot lead. Civil society is where this discussion must take place, and believers themselves are the ones who should lead it.

New York Times Ignores Silwan’s Jewish Origins

To the New York Times, Silwan is just another Palestinian village that the Zionist Settler Colonial Enterprise is undermining, literally. But the village has Jewish origins, and archeological discoveries there are important to both Jews and Christians.

Afghan Buddhas & America’s July 4 Character

In time for Independence Day, on July 3 The Washington Post reported on the ongoing restoration of hundreds of ancient…

Rehabilitation and Education for Former Militants is the New Battle in Syria
Rehabilitation and Education for Former Militants is the New Battle in Syria

Though Syria still struggles with violence and fighting, the Islamic State’s territorial holdings have been almost completely eradicated. But while ISIS may no longer have physical control in the country, it has left young militants and a dangerous, extremist ideology.

Let’s Not Forget: Iran is the Problem in the Middle East
Let’s Not Forget: Iran is the Problem in the Middle East

With the escalating tensions threatening to break out into active military hostilities between the US and Iran, it’s important to remember one crucial fact: Iran is the biggest problem in the Middle East.

Aladdin and the Future of Middle Eastern Christians
Aladdin and the Future of Middle Eastern Christians

May Aladdin remind international society, and especially Christians, about their responsibility in the fight for a more plural and diverse Middle East.