A system designed partly to protect the region’s Christians has become a straitjacket inviting persecution and preventing greater equality and participation in Middle East societies. Since the time of the Ottoman Empire (1300-1922), the relationship of Christians in the Middle East with the politics and society of their countries has followed a similar trajectory. The Ottoman “millet system” was a […]
Birthday celebration brings tears of joy for SAT-7 viewer A young Tunisian woman, whose hard-line religious family has never marked her birthday, cried with joy when her 21st was celebrated live on a popular SAT-7 programme. “I cried for a long time,” she said, “because I finally found someone who appreciates me as a human being.” Samah* said she was […]
This 40-minute talk show has been going strong since 2002. Recent episodes countered societal misconceptions about women by contrasting popular proverbs with biblical proverbs and discussed topics including pornography, sex education, peer pressure and sexual harassment.
SAT-7 is marking the 13-day Persian New Year festival Norouz with special programmes that celebrate the new life that is available in Christ. Norouz – a compound word that means “new day” – begins on 20 March this year and marks the dawn of spring. SAT-7’s Farsi channel, SAT-7 PARS, will welcome in the Persian New Year with a […]
Forbidden is a talk show that deliberately doesn’t try to duck controversial topics for people in the region. Presenter Imed, is a Tunisian Pastor and poet who hosts the live programme that tries to challenge viewers attitudes.
“Out of Egypt I called my Son.” (Hosea 11:1) These verses are treasured by every Egyptian Christian. The Gospel of Matthew (2:13-15) tells how Hosea’s prophecy of Israel’s deliverance was fulfilled in a new way in the life of Jesus. The God who had rescued His people miraculously in the Exodus now snatched His Son from Herod’s snare when an […]
An accidental faux pas sometimes teaches you a lot about a culture. On this occasion it was a warning from a Lebanese friend that saved me – a Lebanese American living in Beirut – from breaking convention. What crime against custom had I been about to commit? Simply, I was planning to wear my very Californian flip flops in public. […]
Wazala profiles a pioneering cultural project that is bridging religious and social divisions in Egypt What does it take to unify a country? Five years ago it was a national hunger for political change that brought Egyptians of diverse creeds and backgrounds together. At that time they were calling for the end of the rule of President Hosni Mubarak. But […]
This programme confront controversial issues in which North African women often remain voiceless. The programme is in Arabic with Kabyle subtitles, making it accessible to different communities spread throughout Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania and Libya.
Well of course a man should beat his wife if she cheats on him!” It has been three years since my friend made that comment with a laugh, as I stared at her with a stunned expression, and yet I still remember it clearly. It was the first time since coming to Lebanon that I realised the depth of the […]