A decorated church in Baghadad

Christians in the Muslim world

The crucifix of Baghdad and ISIS

An Iraqi woman testifies how the young men of Baghdad celebrated the Feast of The Holy Cross amid solidarity for their refugee brothers, fear of the advance of ISIS and the hope of faith.

Anan Alkass Yousif
Cardinal Barbarin with Patriarch Sako

Eastern Christians

Why I Went to Iraq

From the personal friendship of the Archbishop of Lyons and the Patriarch of Babylonia of the Chaldeans was born an exchange of meetings and the twinning of the French diocese and the city of Mossul. This has been a concrete way of helping Eastern Christians and a warning to the West not to forget them.

Marialaura Conte
Cover of a Syriac manuscript

Eastern Christians

The Benedictines and the new barbarians

While the Islamic State is imposing its monochrome order on Mosul, there are many struggling to preserve the multiple shades to be found in the history of the Iraqi city. Just a short distance from Niniveh, Mosul and the surrounding plain were a cultural centre of notable significance in medieval Islam. But, above all, it is in this region that the Syriac language and culture, the expression of...

Martino Diez
Albanian martyrs

Religions and the public sphere

The Long Avenue of Totalitarianism

Communist State atheism did not managed to overpower the Albanian Church, as demonstrated by the faces of 39 martyrs who were killed during the dictatorship and who struck Pope Francis.

Martino Diez
A mosque in Tirana

Interreligious dialogue

The Red Terror has Silenced the Minarets but not the Hearts of Believers

A young scholar, Skender Bruçai, who was born in 1976, has led the Islamic community of Albania, which makes up about 60% of the overall population, since last March. He followed with great attention every stage of the day that Pope Francis spent in this ‘periphery’ in which the Communist regime for a quarter of a century tried to destroy religious faith in a systematic and inhuman way, but without succeeding.

Marialaura Conte
Michele Brignone

Religions and the public sphere

Where the Violence of the Islamist Revival Comes from

The birth of the IS was not an unforeseen contingency but, instead, the uncalculated result of decades of Islamist rhetoric and propaganda which were also generated by the ambiguities of reformist thought. The anti-conformist analysis of the Egyptian scholar, Sherif Younis.

Michele Brignone



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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The Journal


Year 10 N.19 June 2014

Regenerating Institutions. Beyond Protest and Against Violence



André de Peretti, Maurice Borrmans, Louis Massignon et le Comité Chrétien d’Entente France-Islam (1947-1962)

Known and esteemed for the breadth and depth of his work in Islamic studies, Louis Massignon was anything but a man of libraries. Indeed, while he tried through culture to being two civilisations closer together which had been rivals for a long time and kept at a distance by mutual misunderstanding, he did not neglect the great challenges that were taking place under his eyes and in which were...

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