Le Liban, un foyer de dialogue… Est-ce une utopie?

Le Liban, un foyer de dialogue… Est-ce une utopie? Si en tant que peuple nous abandonnons ce rêve alors oui… En dépit de nos souffrances et mémoires meurtries, nous ne pouvons pas nous résigner. Il va falloir continuer à faire scintiller nos lumières, tant individuellement que collectivement. Un peuple qui lutte ne meurt pas!الشعب الذي … Continue reading Le Liban, un foyer de dialogue… Est-ce une utopie?

Crawling Out from Under Rubble: On Becoming Iconoclasts

How and why did we let ourselves be continuously buried under rubble? Without implicating ourselves in entrenching the Orientalist caricatures of Southwestern Asian societies as incapable of self-government, there are questions to be asked about quietist and conformist tendencies, about the ostrich-like behavior and the zombie attitude. These questions do not lend themselves to easy … Continue reading Crawling Out from Under Rubble: On Becoming Iconoclasts

Liban, avons-nous perdu notre dernière chance?

Le conseil des ministres et une poignée de députés ont démissionné suite au cataclysme de Beyrouth, alors que les mêmes mafias et seigneurs de la guerre s’accaparent le pouvoir. Justice doit être faite, et les pires châtiments doivent être infligés à ces odieux tyrans, nérons, sangsues, sanguinaires, inhumains, ces lucifers qui mentent impunément et qui … Continue reading Liban, avons-nous perdu notre dernière chance?

Against the Current: Rethinking Gender, Religious Authority and Interreligious Dialogue

Dr. Nadia Wardeh & Dr. Pamela Chrabieh, Cyprus, 2018Interreligious dialogue is all-too-often dominated by religiously authorized patriarchal spokesmen in Southwest Asia. Furthermore, feminists and liberals thinking and doing interreligious dialogue in the academic sphere are marginalized, especially those who forge an arena of religious/interreligious practice or construct a scholarly discourse on religions and interreligious dialogue. … Continue reading Against the Current: Rethinking Gender, Religious Authority and Interreligious Dialogue

Middle Eastern Women: The Intersection of Law, Culture and Religion

Our paper – – my partner in cultural resistance Dr. Nadia Wardeh and I – – about religious authority, interreligious dialogue and gender, has been published in an amazing book edited by Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb: Middle Eastern Women: The Intersection of Law, Culture and Religion. Congratulations to all the authors! Description of the Book: … Continue reading Middle Eastern Women: The Intersection of Law, Culture and Religion

Call for Papers – The 6th International Conference on “Higher Education Towards Inclusive Societies in the Middle East and North Africa”

Introduction Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture (DAK) and the Christian Academic Forum for Citizenship in the Arab World (CAFCAW) are organizing their sixth international conference on “Higher Education Towards Inclusive Societies in the Middle East and North Africa” in October 2020. This conference builds on the 2019 “Towards Inclusive Societies” conference, the recommendations … Continue reading Call for Papers – The 6th International Conference on “Higher Education Towards Inclusive Societies in the Middle East and North Africa”

Book Reviews: The Social Life of Memory. Violence, Trauma and Testimony in Lebanon and Morocco.

Norman Saadi Nikro and Sonja Hegasy, eds. The Social Life of Memory. Violence, Trauma, and Testimony in Lebanon and Morocco. Palgrave, 2017. The volume is a part of a book series exploring the relationship between cultural heritage and conflict. It derives from the research project Transforming Memories: Cultural Production and Personal/Public Memory in Lebanon and … Continue reading Book Reviews: The Social Life of Memory. Violence, Trauma and Testimony in Lebanon and Morocco.

Towards Building New Models in Lebanon?

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Buckminster Fuller Fuller’s quote somehow makes sense. Indeed, should we work against establishments? Or should we help them transform for the better?According to Fuller, the second option is the best. I couldn’t agree … Continue reading Towards Building New Models in Lebanon?