Since 1996 about 72 Christian churches and institutions in Iraq have been affected by the total destruction or desecration at the hands of violent groups of which Isis is just the latest episode in a chronological sense. The systematic destruction of the architectural and artistic memory of cities like Mosul, to name just one of the affected places, is part of a violent plan of eradication of Christians from the Middle East.Erica C.D. Hunter
It appears that at least 400 children have been recruited by Isis as child soldiers for the Caliphate. The recruitment happens through violence or with the consent of families, too poor to oppose. However, a quick review of Islamic norms documents that this practice is also against Islamic law, on which the Caliphate itself stands.Chiara Pellegrino
Last October, the self-proclaimed Islamic State published a detailed list of the prices for enslaved prisoners, and regulations on how to treat them. And this practice has been condemned by many Arab countries and institutions like the Observatory on the Takfirist Fatwas founded by the Egyptian Mufti.Chiara Pellegrino
There are hundreds of thousands of Islamic traditions, but one of them has recently come to the fore because of Isis: the one that places the final battle between the forces of good and evil in the Syrian town of Dabiq. What does this hadîth say, what is its context and why has Isis decided to appropriate it for itself?Martino Diez
Impregnated with anti-Western rhetoric and full of references to sacred texts, the Isis public announcement after the terrorist attack at the Bardo allows one to enter the logic of terrorists, to understand the motive and their ultimate goal.Chiara Pellegrino
Extremism and terrorism should be fought against. Everybody apparently agrees on this. But what this fight should consist of and how terrorism could be really battled against is currently all but clear. From this point of view, the Tunisian case raises more than one question. First of all there is a question that is not only addressed to Tunisia but to all the actors who have to manage the...Michele Brignone
The pastoral letter by Msgr Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, on the occasion of the Canonization of Blessed Marie-Alphonsine (1847-1927) and Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified (1846-1878)Fouad Twal
The Oasis International Foundation, in co-operation with the Cariplo Foundation, organizes a public conference under the title: The Tablet and the Crescent: Islam and the West Tested by the Media Thursday April 14th, 6 pm at San Fedele Foundation [Piazza San Fedele 4, Milan] Speakers: Mustafa Akyol, columnist of the New York Times; Gilles Kepel, political scientist, Sciences...
Religions between war and reconciliation
No newspaper, no report, no type of documentary is able to let the reader empathize with the experience of Christians living in Iraq today any more than the testimony of H.B. Louis Sako, the Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad can do. His words are condensed into “Ne nous oubliez pas!”, a small book which, through the eyewitness account of a pastor engaged in the field, reveals the story of martyrs and...