"How Do You Survive Your Life With Christ?" Moroccan Christians Speak

By: Leah Farish

For the approximately 8,000 Christians living in Muslim-majority Morocco, restrictions on religious freedom are not as severe as in many other Muslim cultures, but are still an everyday source of instability, fear, and alienation. In recent interviews summarized below, Moroccan Christians spoke out about how this persecution severely limits not only their right to worship freely and openly, but also their ability to engage in economic activity and contribute to the social flourishing of their communities.

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The "Sayfo" Continues

By: Alberto M. Fernandez

The horrific sectarian carnage in Syria and Iraq, with chauvinistic Shia regimes arrayed against suffering Sunni Arabs, has been a key element in attracting foreign fighters, which has in turn ramped up the vitriolic appeal of Salafi-jihadist groups like ISIS. That has translated into extreme action on the ground. Posing as defenders of an embattled Sunni Arab Islam, they seek to crush anything in their path different from themselves. The result is a rending of the region’s social and ethnic fabric not seen for a century, if not longer. The anti-Christian animus of ISIS has long-standing establishment enablers and is something that US foreign policy must confront if a more humane and tolerant region is to emerge.

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Attitudes Towards Religious Minorities in the Arab World

By: Michael Hoffman

In recent weeks, much attention has been paid to the fate of Christians and other religious minorities in the Arab World. Recent events such as ISIS’s spread in Iraq and Syria have driven legitimate concern regarding the rights of non-Muslims in this volatile region. The expulsion of Christians from the Iraqi city of Mosul is particularly alarming.

But what about the so-called “Arab Street”? Do ordinary Arab Muslims support anti-Christian or anti-minority policies? Are the actions of ISIS a reflection of the preferences of ordinary citizens, or simply the behavior of an isolated extremist group?

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Missing the Woods for the Trees

By: Mariz Tadros

Can’t see the woods for the trees? Religious Pluralism and Islamist Political Movements Worldwide

Mounting evidence of the genocide of the Christian and Yazidi minorities in Iraq has stirred debate once again as to the nature of the assault and the motives behind its perpetrators. If one were to exclusively view the annihilation of Christian, Yazidi, Sabean, and other religious minorities in Iraq as a case of the collapse of state power, and therefore a domestic problem, then one need not worry about any spill-over effects beyond national boundaries. 

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Patterns of Anti-Christian Persecution

By: Paul Marshall

The contemporary Christian church exists in every country; in most it is growing, and in many it is persecuted. Currently Christians are the most widely persecuted religious group in the world, suffering discrimination, harassment, repression, and violence in approximately 133 countries, and, in some areas, particularly in the Muslim-majority world, this is increasing. This persecution is also often underreported or downplayed.

There are currently five major patterns of anti-Christian persecution: while these do not include all the instances, they cover over 90 percent of them.

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