Holy Lands: Is This a Way to Bring Hope to the Middle East?

Nicolas Pelham
April 14, 2016

HolyLands_TinyWith ISIS dug in, the Israel-Palestine peace process in worse shape than ever, and the advances of the Arab Spring largely rolled back in almost every country in the region, it is hard to have hope for the Middle East. But in Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle EastNicolas Pelham, Middle East correspondent for The Economist, presents an original and optimistic take on the way forward, by looking not outside—say, to the West—but within the region's past for solutions.

Listen below as Nicolas Pelham and Nicholas Lemann discuss Holy Lands, the region's history of sectarian stability, and Pelham's hopeful view of reviving pluralism in the Middle East.



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