Hamadi Redissi

Arab Revolutions

Tunisian Earthquake: the First Electoral Defeat of an Islamist Party

The defeat of the Islamist party an-Nahda – which had won the elections of 2011 – at the first Tunisian elections after the implementation of the new Constitution, and the victory of the secular and variegated Nidaa Tunis, sent some interesting signals about the processes that are underway in the Mediterranean. The comments of the Tunisian political scientist Hamadi Redissi.

Marialaura Conte
Elections in Tunis

Arab Revolutions

The Revolution is Dead. In Fact it is not

The different emphases of the international mass media in reporting about the recent elections demonstrate how the case of Tunisia is the subject of especial attention on the part of those who are trying to measure whether a society with a Muslim majority can construct a democratic State and the consequences for the whole of the Mediterranean basin.

Claudio Fontana

Arab Revolutions

‘My Success Lies Only with Allah’

After the proclamation of the preliminary official results of the second democratic elections in Tunisia, the an-Nahda movement: - Congratulates the people of Tunisia on their success in achieving the first and most important goal of the revolution, freedom, respect and the strengthening of their sovereignty through elections which constitute the crowning point of the stage of transition. -...

Rachid Ghannouchi
Jocelyne Khoueiry

Religions and the public sphere

Middle Eastern families: engaged in surviving, then philosophizing

The questions presented by the Western media as relevant to the debate of the Synod on the family that has just finished, such as the re-admittance of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to the sacraments and homosexual relationships, are not a subject of discussion in Lebanon. In the Middle East the family has other priorities: above all, survival.

Marialaura Conte
Suzy Ismail

Religions and the public sphere

Broken families. The care of Muslims

How does the Muslim family face the disintegration of relations between couples and with the children? Suzi Ismail, who has many years experience at the Center for Muslim Life (New Jersey), describes the factors that can contribute to the destruction of the family and offers suggestions on how to reconstruct it, even starting with one’s own roots in Islam.

Suzy Ismail
The town of Kobane

Arab Revolutions

If the Kurdish fighters make us feel ashamed

Their faces, young and courageous, have captured the surprised attention of the global mass media. But the Kurd girl warriors, who are also ready to die to defend their homes against the advance of Isis, are described with different accents according to the latitudes of the world where they are talked about. Oasis introduces some of these girl warriors to its readers.

Claudio Fontana



Christianity in the contemporary Middle East The life and death of a tradition?

Conference hosted by the Las Casas Institute, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, in association with the Centre for Eastern Christianity and the Centre for Christianity and Interreligious Dialogue, Heythrop College. Participants: Martin Ganeri, O.P, Vice Regent; Anthony O’Mahony, Heythrop College; Herman Teule, University of Louvain; Dr Mariz Tadros, University of Sussex; Dr Hratch Tchilingirian,...

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Year 10 N.19 June 2014

Regenerating Institutions. Beyond Protest and Against Violence



Understanding the Eastern Christians in Order to Save the Middle East

From compassion to comprehension. At the time of the Islamic State, to speak about the Christians of the East in these terms could appear to be inconvenient. But such is not the case. Not only because this book by Bernard Heyberger, the director of studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) of Paris, came out in 2013, that is to say before the unleashing of the terrible...

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