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Arab Spring

I was traveling when the recent popular uprising began in Lebanon. At first, it emerged as an outcry to the trash crisis that has been engulfing Lebanon with its stench for several months now. Lebanon hasn’t had its “Arab Spring.” Some people think that’s because – God forbid – everything works perfectly here! Others note […] Read More

2011 began with high expectations for new freedoms and prosperity across much of the Arab world. Three years on, there is a palpable sense of disappointment and frustration. Egypt has been through two revolutions, has had a failed experiment with political Islam and is now dealing with a low-level insurgency from recently outlawed members of […] Read More

During the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, several speakers urged Baptists to understand and engage Muslims to advance the common good in the Middle East. The presentations came during a joint session on Monday of two BWA Freedom & Justice Commissions – the commissions on Baptist-Muslim Relations and […] Read More

A question has been on my mind a lot lately. What should the role of the church be in the context of our troubled region? How should the church respond to its changing realities as the Arab Spring is unfolding? We can observe a variety of responses around us. Mostly, there is fear. Many Christians are alarmed […] Read More

A few weeks ago, I left Cairo after living in Egypt for two years. I loved my time there. I worked first as a copywriter and editor, and then as an English teacher, living through the uprising that toppled former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and then Egypt’s messy transition period. I had hoped for a […] Read More

The phenomenon that has been labeled the “Arab Spring” is known today through its diverse incarnations in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and Syria. It looks different in each country and is in each place at a different stage. But in each of these places the phenomenon should be viewed as ongoing, whether the emerging […] Read More

Rusia (Russia) is in Suria (Syria). The names of these two countries are made up of the same Arabic letters. According to Larbi Sadiki, senior lecturer in Middle East politics at England’s University of Exeter, the interchange of these names and letters means more than word play for anagram enthusiasts. Russia’s presence in Syria is […] Read More