Posts tagged "Irina Papkova"
Solidarity and Separation: Religious Spirit and the Euromaidan

Solidarity and Separation: Religious Spirit and the Euromaidan

By Irina Papkova. During protests in Ukraine, a show of solidarity belied the divided nature of the country’s confessional landscape.
From Antelias to Bzoummar

From Antelias to Bzoummar

Irina Papkova takes us on a tour of the religious centers that lie at the heart of Lebanon's Armenian Christian communities.
Believing in Russia

Believing in Russia

Irina Papkova reviews Geraldine Fagan's "Believing in Russia - Religious Policy After Communism"
Secular Lebanon

Secular Lebanon

From Beirut, Irina Papkova reports on an anti-sectarian movement for a more secular Lebanon, and a marriage that's making Lebanese history.
Relationship Drama: Russia's Church-State Affairs

Relationship Drama: Russia’s Church-State Affairs

The Russian Orthodox Church is a privileged institution very much at the forefront of Russian life, with a well-developed infrastructure and considerable wealth, so why do it's leaders believe that Orthodoxy is under attack? Irina Papkova looks back over events in 2012 to explain why.
Syria: Stronghold of Secularism? Part Two.

Syria: Stronghold of Secularism? Part Two.

In the second of two posts, Irina Papkova, explores Bashar al-Assads assertion that Syria is the "last stronghold of secularism in the Middle East."
Syria: Stronghold of Secularism?

Syria: Stronghold of Secularism?

Secularism has been a central part of dominant Syrian ideology since at least the 1960s, writes Irina Papkova, but is Assad's Syria truly the last secular state in the region?
Lebanon: War, Peace and Pluralism, Part 2

Lebanon: War, Peace and Pluralism, Part 2

From Beirut, Irina Papkova describes in the second of two posts how former political opponents are maintaining Lebanon's fragile peace through a pluralistic, democratic system.
Lebanon: War, Peace and Pluralism

Lebanon: War, Peace and Pluralism

"The relationship between Lebanon and Syria is intricate and complicated, and the chaos in Syria presents serious challenges for its tiny neighbor to the west," writes Irina Papkova in the first of two posts from Beirut in the aftermath of the October 19 bomb blast.

Punk Protest, Bad Video Art, and “Religious Insult”

by Irina Papkova there's an eerie similarity between the reaction of some Orthodox believers to Pussy Riot and the worldwide protests against “Innocence of Muslims.”

Balancing Act: Sectarian Leaders in Lebanon

by Irina Papkova Last week marked twenty-two years since the signing of the Taif Accords put an end to the last civil war...but external pressures are at work once more.

In the Shadows of Syria: Defusing Sectarian Tensions in Lebanon

by Irina Papkova For two weeks, Lebanon lived on the knife edge of a sectarian civil war. And here the truly interesting part of this story begins to emerge.