Tagged with Lebanon

The Game of Thrones Christians Should be Watching

The Game of Thrones Christians Should be Watching

This article was first published at Christianity Today on November 16, 2017. Before the crown prince of Saudi Arabia stunned the world with his sudden arrest of dozens of fellow princes and millionaires on corruption charges, he stunned many Christians with his stated desire to moderate its version of Islam, commonly dubbed Wahhabism. Saudi Arabia … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Mashrou3

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Mashrou3

God, Some people have a project. Others like to project. And some just like to sing. Judge between them, God. Their intentions and their cause. An upscale district in Cairo invited a popular Lebanese band to a concert festival. The lead singer is well known as a homosexual. Some in the crowd raised a rainbow … Continue reading

They Will Know We are Christians by Our Drinks

They Will Know We are Christians by Our Drinks

This article was first published in the April print edition of Christianity Today. The deadliest incident faced by the persecuted church last Christmas wasn’t radical Islamists. It was alcohol. Liquor mixed with aftershave killed about 50 people at Christmas parties in a Pakistani village, and sickened about 100 more. In Pakistan, as in many Muslim-majority … Continue reading

Baghdadi, the Prince of Criminals

Baghdadi, the Prince of Criminals

In traditional Islamic terminology the caliph is known as amir al-mu’mineen, or, the prince of the believers. In this new music video, Shaban Abdel Rahim adjusts the Arabic slightly to call him amir al-mugrimeen, the prince of criminals. The video blasts the Islamic State for its conduct, and declares Islam to be innocent of their … Continue reading

Reconciled in Lebanon: A Muslim-Christian Appeal to Egypt

Reconciled in Lebanon: A Muslim-Christian Appeal to Egypt

From my new article in Arab West Report: Egypt is not Lebanon. Though the political transition leads increasingly to polarization and bouts of violence, almost no one seriously warns of a fate resembling Lebanon in the 1970-80s. Lebanon is a conglomeration of religious sects concentrated in distinct geographical areas and topographical terrain. Egypt is one … Continue reading