Map of Sykes–Picot Agreement showing Eastern Turkey in Asia, Syria and Western Persia, and areas of control and influence agreed between the British and the French. Royal Geographical Society, 1910-15. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
Elias D. Mallon
There are few optimistic conclusions that can be drawn on this 100th anniversary.
CRIES FOR HOME. Syrian refugee children in front of Macedonian riot police at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the village of Idomeni, Greece, Aug. 21.
Elias D. Mallon
All believers need to recognize how our own traditions have helped fuel conflicts.
FINAL REST. Men place a headstone at the grave of Seydo Mehmud Cumo, 44, at a cemetery in Suruc, Turkey, Oct. 11. Cumo was a Syrian Kurdish fighter killed in clashes with Islamic State militants in Kobani, Syria.
Politics & Society
Elias D. Mallon
"Why don't they speak out?" Faced with the savage persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq, that is a question one often hears as the atrocities of the so-called Islamic State continue in the name of Islam.
The Great Umayyed Mosque of Damascus, Syria
Elias D. Mallon
On June 29, 2014, which coincided with the first day of Ramadan, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) declared the restoration of the caliphate. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a shadowy figure with a $10 million price on his head, was declared the new caliph. In its attempt to resurrect the caliphate I
NOT FORGOTTEN: A protester raises a sign in support of deposed president Mohamed Morsi on June 21, 2013.
Elias D. Mallon
When Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in Tunisia on Dec. 17, 2010, the Arab Spring began. Now, three years later, the results hoped for in Middle East have not been realized.
Elias D. Mallon
A closer look at Arab Spring
Elias D. Mallon
Interreligious relations and the Synod of the Middle East
Arts & CultureBooks
Elias D. Mallon
John L. Esposito's new book deals not so much with the future of Islam as with its present.
Elias D. Mallon
Since the beginning of the war in Iraq on March 20, 2003, Americans have encountered Shiite Islam in the media more frequently than at any time since the taking of the hostages in Tehran, when the American Embassy in Iran was occupied on Nov. 4, 1979, and Americans were held hostage for 444 days. As