The Middle East Uprisings and the Fate of Religious Minorities in a Shari’a-State: US-Support for Islamist Rule

Bassam Tibi

Date: November 19, 2013

Location: Zurich

“The so-called ‘Arab Spring’ has turned out to be a deadly winter,” Bassam Tibi says. According to Tibi, Islamist movements in the Middle East succeeded in hijacking and “religionizing” the uprisings in the region. “In the Middle East, we can clearly witness a process of de-Christianization,” Tibi states. Not only is this the case in Iraq, where more than half of the Christian population had to flee the country in the aftermath of the U.S. invasion, but also in Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria, Tibi’s homeland.