Filed under Middle-East

19. The folly of proxy war

In the 19th and beginning of the 20th century the Middle East had become in the view of many Arabs a playing board, on which foreign powers played their game using the Arabs as pieces. While the Ottoman Empire lost more and more of its authority over its Arabic subjects through the machinations of France, … Continue reading

16. The Lebanese dilemma: How to keep the peace?

As the increasingly sectarian war rages on in Syria between the mainly Sunni rebels and the Alawite regime of Bashar al-Assad, many wonder whether the virus of sectarianism will also infect Lebanon. As a multi-confessional country with its own history of civil war (1975-1990), Lebanon seems to be a likely candidate. The involvement of Lebanese … Continue reading

13. Will popular Islam survive the revolutions?

The revolutions in the Middle-East have inadvertently unleashed a force that cannot be controlled. Radical groups, which were before held back by the now toppled regimes, have started to attack sufi graves. The most highlighted incident was the destruction of the ancient and famous sufi sanctuaries in Timbuktu by armed radicals, who called themselves Ansar … Continue reading