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August 30, 2012

Human Rights versus Obligations: Conversation with a Muslim Friend

By Rupen Das A couple of months ago, during an extended conversation with a Muslim friend in Saida about a rights-based approach to addressing poverty, he said, “Islam does not believe in human rights”. After a long pause, during which my mind conjured up all the worst prejudices about Islam […]
August 23, 2012

Our Churches: From Actors to Advocates

by Nadia Khouri When I first arrived in Lebanon, I was so impressed to see the high level of civic engagement and the extent to which there was “free space” for non-state actors to be engaged in advocacy, social services, inter-faith work etc. It stood in stark contrast to what […]
August 9, 2012

Are we even talking the same language?

by Arthur Brown As a youth worker I’ve lost count of the times parents have complained that they don’t understand their children. “It’s like they’re speaking a different language” they lament. As I look at the various titles of books about Islam that have been published over the last decade, […]
August 2, 2012

The Poor at the Border – Why should we care?

by Rupen Das As the reports have trickled out of Syria of the horrific torture, abuse and indiscriminate killing by all sides in the conflict, it has been easy to sit in the safety of the sidelines in Lebanon and damn those who perpetuate evil. The luxury of distance and […]