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In Bosnia, the ‘Eastern Question’ Is Rising Again

Bosnia’s Question

With tensions within Bosnia escalating rapidly – encouraged by some European leaders – many have begun to wonder, how many times will the centuries-old “Eastern Question” reappear in today’s Europe?

A Saudi Interfaith Cultural Center Is Leaving Vienna — But For All the Wrong Reasons

A Saudi Interfaith Cultural Center Is Leaving Vienna — But For All the Wrong Reasons

"And that’s the amazing thing: that most critics, especially in Austria, haven’t even bothered to go to the website to see what it does,” Rosen told New Lines. In spite of his aforementioned hesitance about becoming involved with KAICIID, he believes the project has been worthwhile.

For Syria’s Alawites, the Dissenters and the Regime Are Never Remote

For Syria’s Alawites, the Dissenters and the Regime Are Never Remote

The officer explained that he advocated against granting me a visa because of my political past, a punitive measure intended to vindictively instill in us the notion that escape is impossible. Not only had we failed to prevent Hafez al-Assad’s ascension to power, we now had to live with the consequences.

Faysal Abbas Mohamad
The Heretical Harmony of Sabah Fakhri

The Heretical Harmony of Sabah Fakhri

He was deeply saddened by the destruction that had befallen the Citadel of Aleppo in recent years, privately mourning the loss of the amphitheater and the old market of Aleppo that launched his career, for Aleppo remained a jewel in his heart until his dying breath.

Saad Ibrahim
Ukraine Embraces its Jewish Minority, and Reckons with its Traumatic History

Ukraine Embraces its Jewish Minority, and Reckons with its Traumatic History

Add it all up, and Ukraine’s Jews are witnessing an unprecedented embrace. “Jews are more accepted today in Ukraine than at any time in its history,” said David Fishman, a professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America who teaches in Kyiv and has written about Ukraine’s Jews.

David Lepeska
Ashure: A Sometimes Rich Pudding with an Always Rich History

Ashure: A Sometimes Rich Pudding with an Always Rich History

As a kid who grew up in a mixed Alevi and Sunni neighborhood in Malatya, I listened to all the stories related to the meaning of the ashure pudding. Before then, I just assumed that the pudding was an Alevi-specific dessert.

Suna Çağaptay
In Lucifer, We Find Sympathy for the Devil

In Lucifer, We Find Sympathy for the Devil

Ultimately, all the devil and his top demon want is to make a meaningful human connection. They feel tormented at the possibility that they may be incapable of such a thing after having spent eons in hell. And who could blame them?

Rasha Elass