Syria's clergy

Don't miss Anthony Shadid's article on Syria in today's WaPo, Syria's Unpredictable Force: The State-Sanctioned Clergy. It fits in nicely with the wider debate in the Arab world about the role of religion and religious groups in politics.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region,