In Lebanon, the recurring debate around civil marriage highlights the sectarian-patriarchal grip on personal status affairs and the state itself.
Independent parliamentarian Paula Yacoubian discusses the battles worth fighting in Lebanese politics
Sectarian violence in the Arab and Muslim worlds is exacerbated by the role foreign powers play in the region, as well as local power rivalries.
Lending support, however symbolic, to France’s far right leader could tarnish the position of Lebanon’s Christians, and by extension the country’s image in the Arab World.
The roots of religious hatred between Sunni and Shia are political and, surprisingly, recent.
Amid domestic terror attacks, Saudi Arabia’s differentiated approach to Shia protesters and Sunni jihadis will likely lead to more home-grown violence.