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Back to Pluralism in the Middle East


President Obama is headed to Saudia Arabia this week.

Nicolas Pelham, The Economist's Middle East affairs correspondent who has covered the Arab region for New York Review of Books, BBC, Financial Times, and the author of Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East (Columbia Global Reports, 2016), talks about the destruction unleashed in the Middle East by European nationalism and need to return to its pluralist past.

As a Syrian I see the only solution to the historical religious conflict in ME is moving towards the growing secular movement @BrianLehrer

— Sam Alhajari (@samhajari) April 19, 2016

@BrianLehrer From my experience in Judaism, the people who are most open to genuine pluralism are the ones who are already peaceful

— Rabbi Josh Yuter (@JYuter) April 19, 2016

@BrianLehrer You cannot coerce pluralism without becoming a fundamentalist of a different sort

— Rabbi Josh Yuter (@JYuter) April 19, 2016


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