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Eritrea: The Politics of Religion

Any activity that aims to foment turmoil and terrorism in the name of religion – whether in its Christian or Islamic variant; fundamentalist or “moderate” facade, shall not be tolerated.

Downtown Asmara where one finds the peaceful co-exist of different religions, for hundreds of years, while respecting their differences.


The scourge of terrorism perpetrated under the mantle of religion; the upheavals, huge loss of life and destruction of property that it entails are not, indeed, new in the annals of the political history of mankind. But it has assumed new dimensions in this century.

As such, it is breeding instability in various parts of our world; posing as it does a serious threat to international peace and security and causing increasing consternation among powerful and weak nations alike.

The phenomenon accordingly warrants a profound appraisal and serious approach that is commensurate to its gravity.

The purpose of this brief editorial is not to delve into a comprehensive analysis of the subject matter but to highlight some of its relevant features in a concise and skeletal form. Continue reading Eritrea: The Politics of Religion

Eritrea: The Little-told Story of Religious Co-Existence

The Eritrean people have a noble culture of religious tolerance. They have worked very hard to preserve their religious harmony and union, and co-existed in an exemplary way for more than 2000 years.

By Dr. Samuel Mahaffy,

In the capital city of Asmara, Eritrea, an Orthodox Christian Church and a Muslim Mosque stand within a stone-throw distance of each other. But, there are no stones being thrown. The story of the peaceful co-existence of the religions of Islam and Christianity in the Country of Eritrea is an informative story seldom told.

The invisiblization of Eritrea in western media sadly leaves untold an account of a country in the Horn of Africa where the two religions have an ancient history of interacting with respect for their differences. Especially, as conflicts between fundamentalists of both faiths flair around the world, the situation in Eritrea is significant for both the peace building and interfaith communities.  Continue reading Eritrea: The Little-told Story of Religious Co-Existence