This morning I find myself glued to the radio listening to ongoing coverage of what appears to be a powerful democratic revolution being waged by hundreds of thousands of unarmed protesters on the streets of Cairo, Alexandria, and other major cities. The story on NPR said: "Egypt Sends Its Military To Counter Street Protests. Armored personnel carriers were stationed at key intersections in Cairo during a 'Friday of Wrath' that saw stones hurled by protesters met by rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons from police. The protests across Egypt marked a major escalation in the challenge to authoritarian President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule."
One young woman being interviewed on NPR was ecstatic at the way this movement is resonating with people across the Arab world. The interviewer, Warren Olney, noted, "It seems significant that you used the word 'Arab' rather than 'Muslim.'" The woman replied, "Of course, I am Egyptian and Muslim, but not all Egyptians are Muslims, and most Muslims are not Arabic. This is a struggle for our human dignity."
It seems clear over the past few years that Islamic extremists have been losing their battle for the hearts and minds of young people to a more forward-looking and progressive understanding of Islam. I am interested in learning more about the core differences between Christianity and Islam, as well as ways in which Muslim youth find support in their religion for the democratic struggle in Egypt, Tunisia, and many other Arab countries