Date: November 19, 2013
“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.