Category Archives: Middle East

Facing Islam’s Inconsistent Embrace of Women

“Sister, where are your socks?” one of the women I was sitting with demanded. “Don’t you know you have to cover your feet?”

The Muslim Who Is Saving Christians In the Middle East

Amid ongoing chaos in Iraq and Syria, a Muslim woman is taking a leading role with a prominent Christian charity, helping to feed and clothe displaced Christians around Iraq —…

After Attacks on Muslims, Where Is the Outpouring?

In recent days, jihadists killed 41 people at Istanbul’s bustling, shiny airport; 22 at a cafe in Bangladesh; and at least 250 celebrating the final days of Ramadan in Baghdad….

The De-Mining Operation at Site of Jesus’ Baptism

The Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, has spoken of his “delight” at news that a mine clearance charity has secured permission to de-mine the area around the West Bank…

A Gaza Christian Becomes a Blind Muslim’s Eyes

The man constantly checked his watch as he stood at the entrance to the Borno Mosque in the center of Gaza City. Anyone coming across him couldn’t help but wonder…

In Sign of Unity, Christians Renovate Christ’s Tomb

A team of experts began a historic renovation on Monday at the spot where Christians believe Jesus was buried, overcoming longstanding religious rivalries to carry out the first repairs at…

Ayatollah’s Daughter Causes Persecution Debate

A house visit by a daughter of a prominent ayatollah to a female leader of the persecuted Bahai religious minority touched off a debate this week in Iran about the…

West Bank Solar Project Pairs Muslims and Jews

Samer Atiyat, a Palestinian farmworker, had climbed halfway up a 20-foot date palm and was trimming stalks that held rich clusters of the fruit, still green and unripe. Working near…

WATCH: Muslims Wage Theological Battle Against ISIS

As the military and political battle against the Islamic State escalates, Muslim imams and scholars in the West are fighting on another front — through theology.