Why Do Young People Join ISIS? Part 2

Many young people from the region of Lebanon joining ISIS come from impoverished and desperate circumstances. They are uneducated and have suffered under local and regional security apparatuses, especially those of the Syrian regime during its occupation of Lebanon....

Why Do Young People Join ISIS? Part 1

Jesus’ teaching to love your enemy continues to confound the majority of humanity – even those who claim to follow Jesus. Throughout history, societies and nations generally depersonalize the enemy, categorizing them as “other,” representing...

When the Syrian Refugee Crisis Becomes Personal

Like many concerned with the news in and around Lebanon, I receive regular updates from The Daily Star, one of the English language news providers in Lebanon. Almost daily, I receive, via my phone, a brief news feed with updates on the latest roadside blast, suicide...

Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls

The kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls from their school by the Islamist group Boko Haram has shocked the world. I asked three Muslim religious leaders and experts in Islamic jurisprudence from Lebanon to share their reactions. The group responsible for the...