As a young bride, I once lived in a harem in Afghanistan. It was a nearly fatal adventure but I survived, escaped, and learned about gender and religious apartheid long before the Taliban. My firebrand American feminism was probably forged in purdah in the early 1960s. However, something called me Eastward and I have remained involved with the Islamic world.
Washington (..) is constantly on the lookout for “the right Islamist” to fall in love with.
Last month, Washington rolled out the red carpet for Rachid Ghannouchi, the leader of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party. The “hero of Tunisian compromise and moderation” was ludicrously lionized as the living embodiment of the last real hope of the “Arab Spring”. It was unedifying and misguided, to say the least.
Negotiators have lost contact with a group of nuns kidnapped from a Syrian town last year after their captors moved them, a source told AFP on Thursday.
The 13 nuns and three maids were kidnapped from the famed Christian hamlet of Maalula last year and transported to the nearby town of Yabrud, a rebel stronghold the army is fighting to recapture.
Egypt's interim president on Saturday issued a much-anticipated decree governing an upcoming presidential election that clears the way for a vote many expect will be won by the country's military chief.
Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has not yet officially announced he will run for president, but it is a widely expected move. After the Interim President Adly Mansour's legal adviser, Ali Awad, announced the move on state television, the election commission is expected to set the date for the vote in April, opening the door for candidates to run.
The persecution of Christians in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East should be one of the major issues in the 2014 and 2016 political campaigns, says U.S. congressman Frank Wolf.
"This ought to be the human rights issue for the 21st century. You look around the world and, for some reason, every time you go to these places, they always say 'Why isn't the church in the West advocating for us?'" the Virginia Republican told Newsmax TV's John Bachman on "America's Forum" Friday.
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