Egypt and the Agony of Ongoing Tragedy

Egypt and the Agony of Ongoing Tragedy

This article was first published at Providence Magazine: 6am in Cairo, May 19, I woke to the news of another disaster. EgyptAir flight 804 fell out of the sky en route from Paris, France. The world wondered terrorism. Egypt pondered the same, but the cause almost didn’t matter. With many Egyptians I exhaled deeply, sighing … Continue reading

The Mural in the Garbage: An Artist’s ‘Perception’ of Cairo’s Coptic Slum

The Mural in the Garbage: An Artist’s ‘Perception’ of Cairo’s Coptic Slum

This article was first published at The Media Project: In 2013 the French-Tunisian eL Seed became the first Arab artist to collaborate with fashion mogul Louis Vuitton. His unique “caligraffiti” style emblazoned their classic Foulards d’Artiste monogram scarf, and embellished their iconic Alzer luggage case. Blending traditional Arabic calligraphy with street-style urban graffiti, his reputation … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Fire in Cairo

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Fire in Cairo

God, Once before, Cairo burned. With fire true and abstract, she is threatened again. The incidents are curious, God, and in the sequential diversity conspiracy spins. Familiar foes blame each other, while official authorities blame faulty wiring. Settle the cause of every and all, holding accountable for each liability. Connect the dots or prove them … Continue reading

Muslims are not Islam is not Muslims

Muslims are not Islam is not Muslims

From an article at the Zwemer Center, written by a philosopher fed up with popular coverage of Muslim issues: One philosophical distinction that may help navigate this discussion is between essentialism and nominalism. Don’t stop reading, he makes it simpler, distinguishing between Islamic religiosity and Muslim religiosity. Ok, that still sounds complicated, but here is … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Journalists vs Police

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Journalists vs Police

God, So much in Egypt is zero sum. Nullify correctly, or change the equation. During recent protests over the Red Sea islands, several journalists were arrested. Many were quickly released. But when police entered the syndicate to arrest two journalists staging a sit-in, the majority believe a line was crossed. Police had a warrant, but … Continue reading

Inshallah for the Foreigner

Inshallah for the Foreigner

The Arabic literally translates as ‘if God wills’, but it conveys a whole lot more – usually to the foreigner’s frustration. In this article for the New York Times, Wajahat Ali explains: It’s similar to how the British use the word “brilliant” to both praise and passive-aggressively deride everything and everyone. It transports both the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Reuters 25

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Reuters 25

God, Ninety million Egyptians have a name. With truth and courage, may they state them freely. For much can be hidden without it, God. The name of the Italian researcher is known, and have mercy on him. But he was killed by the anonymous, as anonymous others point to a culprit. Reuters will protect these … Continue reading

From Garbage to Glory

From Garbage to Glory

From my new article for Christianity Today’s Behemoth publication: The Pyramids of Giza used to be in the middle of the desert. Eventually Cairo’s urban sprawl pushed right up to the Sphinx. The Citadel of Saladin towers over the city. The southern approach requires an overpass straddling the City of the Dead. In Tahrir Square, … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Two Islands

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Two Islands

God, Uninhabited but geo-strategic, Egyptian blood was spilled to defend Tiran and Sanafir at the entrance to the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea. Thankfully, no blood was spilled defending them yesterday. Right or wrong, thousands took to the streets, troubled by a government decision to recognize Saudi Arabian sovereignty over the islands. As … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Coming King

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Coming King

God, As royalty comes to Egypt, prepare well the welcome. It is largely Saudi largess that has kept afloat the republic. But may the need not be so great, God. Inspire investment. Attract tourists. Send global trade through the Suez Canal. And until then, help Egypt act an appropriate ally. For on some issues they … Continue reading

Just War Can be Impatient

Just War Can be Impatient

While pacifism can be accused of dangerous idealism, within Christian moral theology it provides a very important balance to the just war tradition. Interviewed in Plough, Ron Sider says adherents of the two perspectives must dialogue in cooperative friendship. How might Just War adherents and pacifists work together? Pacifists and Just War Christians need to … Continue reading