Fri, Apr 19, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
Religious Minorities in the Middle EastAudio currently not available for this program.
The Arab awakening has led to a rise in Islamist governments in the Middle East, raising concerns about the rights of religious minorities. The Middle East is largely Muslim -- but it's also the birthplace of Christianity, Judaism and many other religions. Many non-Muslims have left in recent decades, leaving relatively small populations of non-Muslims and Muslim minority sects. Now, the rise of Islamist political parties raises questions about the rights and protections such minorities can expect. How is Tunisia's Jewish population faring under a new Islamist government there? How are Christians in Egypt reacting to President Morsi? The show also provides a primer on Alawites, the minority Muslim sect to which Syria's president Bashar al-Assad belongs.