Ordinary people from Syria, Libya, and Iraq shed light on the costs of conflict.
The United States has been engaged for decades in a seemingly endless series of wars and military operations.
Gerard Russell’s account of disappearing Middle Eastern religions has an elegiac quality. It’s heartrending and often infuriating.
As many as 13.6 million people have been displaced by the conflicts in Iraq and Syria. What can American Christians do?
The question isn't how frightening ISIS is. It's what actual threat it poses—and how to contain that threat without causing more harm.
“Why is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa?” asks Ronald S. Lauder. The World Jewish Congress president frames the question in a larger paint-by-numbers argument defending Israel’s assault on Gaza and criticizing the moral instincts of “beautiful celebrities,” reporters, and the U.N. who have not responded adequately to the brutality of Boko Haram and ISIS. An argument like Lauder's is liable to predictable demands for greater American military involvement in the region. But the silence he names is real.
Would Christians happily forsake Assisi or Canterbury or Cologne? Mosul's story is at least equal to that of any of these later upstarts.
In the ninth century, Timothy I was a global statesman. In the 20th, Raphael Bidawid led a tiny denomination in the paranoid Iraq of Saddam Hussein.