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How Islam Settled Roe v. Wade Centuries Ago

Islam: Pro-Life and Pro-Choice

In Islam, abortion is permissible in many cases, like fear of not providing for the child. Sex outside of marriage also falls into this category. One fatwa states that abortion is fine for a single mother, maybe even better if she will face social stigma.

A 13th-Century Text Teaches Us About Arabs and Europeans

Religious Coexistence in Medieval Spain

Rodrigo Ximénez de Rada, an archbishop of Toledo in the 13th century, wrote an unusual book on the history of the Arabs. Although the prologue states a clear hostility to Islam, the content is much more nuanced — and can teach us about different notions of tolerance and coexistence.

Reporting the Vanishing – with Janine di Giovanni and Lydia Wilson

Reporting the Vanishing – with Janine di Giovanni and Lydia Wilson

Janine di Giovanni speaks to New Lines’ Lydia Wilson about her career reporting conflict, her book The Vanishing, and why she fears for the future of the Middle East’s ancient Christian communities.

New Lines Podcast
Even in a Single Family, a Beirut Christmas Can Be Complicated

Even in a Single Family, a Beirut Christmas Can Be Complicated

While some foreigners find it interesting when I mention that I’m from a Sunni Muslim and Orthodox Christian family, the Lebanese almost always react with pity. Most believe that I must be “confused” or that my extended families are mutually hostile — or at least more mutually hostile than they would have otherwise been as Lebanese families. It doesn’t help that I am an “Itani” — bearing the name of a family synonymous with Sunni Islam in Beirut.

Faysal Itani
Frank Herbert, the Republican Salafist

Frank Herbert, the Republican Salafist

Taking Frank Herbert’s ideology seriously offers a more precise, if uncomfortable, explanation of how he leaned conservative. It also exposes the American Right’s troublesome alignments with Islamic thought.

Haris A. Durrani
Mo Salah and Aboutrika Spark a Debate About Religion

Mo Salah and Aboutrika Spark a Debate About Religion

Two separate incidents involving major Egyptian footballers have sparked a debate online and in the mainstream press on the role of religion in society.

Kareem Shaheen
Roger Williams, the Gentle Zealot Who Refused America’s ‘City on a Hill’

Roger Williams, the Gentle Zealot Who Refused America’s ‘City on a Hill’

At a time when so many who fled persecution from either the Church of England or the Puritans in the New World ended up jailed, tortured or killed, outspoken separatist minister Roger Williams introduced a radical idea into the American experiment: separation of church and state.

Becky Garrison