News & analysis
This is a collection of recent articles and research written by the Barnabas team.
Editorial: The War of the CrossCountry/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Iraq, Syria
When ISIS changed its name in June from “the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL, or the Arabic acronym ISIS) to simply “the Islamic State” this was a shift of enormous theological and eschatological significance.
Christian church in India converted to Hindu temple
A church in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh was turned into a temple on 27 August after Hindu extremists converted members of the congregation to Hinduism.
Christian and other minority women raped in Iraq prison by ISIS militants
Reports have emerged that Christian women who are being held captive in Mosul’s Badush prison by ISIS (the Sunni militant group that now wishes to be known as the Islamic State) have been given the option either to convert to the group's brand of Islam or to suffer daily rape.
ISIS expands territory in the Middle East, aims to eliminate Christian presence
The Islamist militant group ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which now prefers to be known simply as the Islamic State) is widening its control of territory in the Middle East.
Sri Lankan court reinstates deportation of persecuted Pakistanis
On Monday (1 September), a Sri Lankan court gave permission for the authorities to proceed with the deportation of Pakistani asylum seekers, including Christians, from Sri Lanka.
Nepali pastor released after two years in prison
On 17 July, the Nepali authorities released a Christian pastor who had been incarcerated for almost two years after being arrested for eating beef.
Editorial: The Two Faces of Islam
Last month I was in Damascus. I had the great privilege of meeting Dr Ahmad Badr Al-Din Hassoun, the Grand Mufti of Syria. He is a man of peace who pleads repeatedly for equal and harmonious relations between Muslims, Christians and followers of all religions as members of one human family.